The government's plan to redraw local authorities’ boundaries, better known as "Kallikratis" - which will replace the 1,034 municipalities with less than 370 - was voted on in principle by the Parliament. The bill was approved with 160 votes for and 124 against. Debate on the plan continued yesterday, while protests against the reform remained unabated.
On his part, Interior Minister Yiannis Ragousis stressed that the government's plan is a huge venture that will bring forth a radical governance model. The debate will go on with deputies focusing on each article separately.
Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou is participating at the annual ministerial meeting of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), taking place in Paris (May 27-28).
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Papaconstantinou said that he had briefed his counterparts on the government’s initiatives towards fiscal consolidation. He also discussed tax policy issues with OECD officials and announced the signing of two significant agreements aimed at promoting transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.
Pantelis - a journalist "who served the interests of his native country for over three decades in the heart of Europe, Brussels."
This sentence from Prime Minister George Papandreou’s statement after Pantelis Pantelis’ death is a good description of both the man and his work.
Condolences were also expressed by the Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister & Government Spokesman George Petalotis, as well as spokeswoman of the European Commission, Pia Arenkilde, also expressed her condolences.
Born on the island of Euboea, Pantelis Pantelis had worked for well-known newspapers, magazines and
Biomedical Engineer Lambros Kourtis specializes in the development of artificial cartilage and joint repair and is confident that in the very near future he will be able to replace damaged cartilage.
In an interview to Athens News, he says that information concerning the research project is limited, though he has already developed and tested a synthetic material with similar properties to cartilage, a breakthrough that will soon change the life of millions of people suffering from diseases such as osteoporosis.
Kourtis, a native of Larissa, studied mechanical engineering at the Aristotle
A photography exhibition titled "From the Bosporus to the Adriatic: French photographers discover monuments in the Balkans, 1878-1914" is being inaugurated today, in Thessaloniki, constituting part of the 21st Photobiennale International Photography Meeting.
The exhibition is divided into two parts: the first includes photos of monuments from antiquity, while the second focuses on monuments inspired by Byzantine architecture.
The event is taking place at the Rotunda, marking its reopening to the public for cultural purposes after 10 years. The Rotunda has been listed as a UNESCO World
In collaboration with the Embassy of Greece, the Greek Film Center and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, the new Panorama of Greek Cinema in Washington DC provides a wonderful opportunity for film-goers to experience the best of Greek cinema.
Screenings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month, and include favourites such as "A touch of spice (Politiki Kouzina)" "Akadimia Platonos," "Athanasia," and "Guinness."
On May 25, Giorgos Alkaios & Friends booked their tickets for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2010, which will be held tomorrow, May 29, in Oslo, Norway.
The Greek team, with the song "OPA," wowed the Eurovision fans who had packed the Telenor Arena, as well as those who watched the show on television.
Cyprus, with Jon Lilygreen & the Islanders with the song "Life looks better in spring," also made it through the semi-final on May 27, and will perform in tomorrow’s final.
In the stretch of sea between the northeast coast of the Peloponnese and the western shore of Attica lie the islands of the Saronic Gulf. Each of them has its own distinctive character, landscape and architecture but all of them share wonderful beaches, crystal-clear sea waters, hospitable inhabitants, and good tourist infrastructure.

Greek News Agenda presents one island every week.
In the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, separated by a narrow channel from the coast of the Peloponnese, lies the small but gorgeous island of Poros. Myth has it that this richly verdant island was the...
"Deep and sustained fiscal consolidation, coupled with structural reforms, are key to restoring confidence and growth," the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said about Greece in an economic outlook report released yesterday.
The OECD predicts that the rate of decline in real GDP is expected to diminish over the projection period, reflecting improvements in external demand.
Commenting on the agreement in early May 2010 with the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the OECD report underlined that it
Minister of Culture & Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos yesterday met with his Italian counterpart in Rome to discuss matters of mutual interest in terms of culture promotion.
Sandro Bondi encouraged Greece to follow Italy’s initiative to digitalise its cultural patrimony through a collaboration with Google, while Pavlos Yeroulanos suggested a broader cooperation in the field of promotion, focusing on cultural features such as architecture or gastronomy, which will include all Mediterranean countries.

He further remarked that he considered meeting in Rome important, as the two ministers exchanged