Cabinet Discusses Privatisations
A wide-range programme of privatisations of state enterprises - covering rail and road transport, airports and ports, utilities, gaming and public real estate holdings - was discussed yesterday at a cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister George Papandreou.
"The government’s decision is to step up privatisation procedures…in order to extract value from major state assets," Finance minister George Papaconstantinou said at a press conference.
Under the scheme discussed, the government plans to sell off a 49% stake of TRAINOSE, a subsidiary of the Hellenic
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A ‘Herculean Task’
Paying an official visit to Greece (2.6), European Parliament’s Speaker Jerzy Buzek said that "at these difficult times, Greece is not alone" likening the country’s effort to remedy its financial situation to a Herculean task.
Welcoming Buzek, Prime Minister Papandreou described the visit as a token of solidarity on behalf of the European Union towards Greece.
Greek News Agenda: PM @ Europarliament
Serbia's Support Still Strong
During an official visit to Greece (1-3.6), President of Serbia Boris Tadic was received by the Prime Minister, George Papandreou, the Speaker of
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The 31 Greeks who were detained in Israel with other activists since May 31 - after Israeli commandos raided six ships bound for the Gaza Strip - returned home safely late last night aboard a Hellenic Air Force C-130 aircraft.
The first six citizens to have been released - members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla - had returned home on June 1.
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Greece remains the first choice for Serbian holidaymakers according to a survey by the Serbian National Association of Travel Agencies (YUTA) with 59 % of participants opting for Greece over other attractive destinations such as Spain and Turkey.
The Serbian ambassador Dragan Zupanjevac, upon a meeting with the second vice- President of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, assured him that 500,000 Serbs are expected to visit Greece in 2010 owing to the recent abolition of entry visas.
Northern Greece - especially Halkidiki- is the most popular destination among the Serbs who
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Exhibitions
Cavafy’s Alexandria @ Benaki Museum
The Benaki museum is hosting for the first time an exhibition with works by painter Anna Boghiguian, whose watercolours act as guides to Cavafy’s poems and transpose the spectator to the magical landscape of Alexandria. The exhibition forms part of the VIP Programme of Αrt Athina, and will carry on until September 19.
Happenings
Athens Pride Festival
Athens Pride 2010, the festival that celebrates lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transsexual pride - the biggest festival of its kind in the region and one of the fastest-growing in Europe - will stage a
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Serbian President Boris Tadic, while on a three-day official visit to Greece, was received yesterday by Hellenic Republic President, Karolos Papoulias.
During the meeting, they discussed Serbia's European prospects, Kosovo, the dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and bilateral economic and cultural relations.
Meanwhile, outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme was also in Athens yesterday (PHOTO), as part of his round of capitals ahead of the Belgian rotating presidency of the European Union. He met with Prime Minister George Papandreou and briefed
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BSEC Priorities

Having assumed the rotating Chairmanship of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization (BSEC) for the second half of 2010, the Greek government has outlined its goals and priorities.
Given that the main aim of the BSEC is to help bolster regional cooperation in the broader region, the chairmanship is focused on the thematic area of green development ("Black Sea turns Green").
Initiatives move along two main axes. The first consists in promoting two major investment projects on regional infrastructure works (Black Sea Highway Ring and Motorways of the Sea).
The second
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The first six Greek citizens, members of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla raided by Israeli commandos early on Monday, arrived at Athens' International Airport on Tuesday morning.
Yet there are still 31 Greeks who remain detained in Israel along with dozens of other activists. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras said that the Greek embassy in Tel Aviv was working with the Israeli authorities to gain access to the other Greek citizens, permission for which has yet to be given.
See also Athens News Agency: Papandreou statement on Gaza ship raid & Kathimerini daily: Six Greeks return
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Triggered by Prime Minister George Papandreou speech at the Arab Economic Forum (May 20), the "Next Silicon Valley" - a portal that specialises in the world of innovation, technology, regional economic development, and investment promotion across global markets - stressed that Greece hosts a number of world-class science and technology centres.
Among these is Corallia, an Athens-based Cluster Initiative, with the target of boosting competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation, through cluster-development support activities.
Greek News Agenda: MEPs Visit the Corallia Technology Cluster
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Two of Greece’s leading wine producers, Yiannis Paraskevopoulos of GAIA Wines and Stellios Boutaris of Kir-Yianni, are visiting Australia between June 2 and 10 for a series of seminars and wine tasting for traders and consumers, in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
The visit is part of a three-year programme financed by the European Union and the Greek Government.
Although wine has been produced in Greece for over 6,000 years, it is only in the last decade that wine critics and consumers have started appreciating the high quality of wine now made in this country.
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