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“Philia Forum” : East Mediterranean countries forge alliance for peace and prosperity 

By |2021-02-12T01:51:49+03:00February 12th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

The Philia Forum took place for the first time in Athens, on February 11,   with the participation of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Bahrain, France and Saudi Arabia and the Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates.  The Philia Forum is an initiative of the Greek government aiming to bring together countries of the East Mediterrancean that are on the same page regarding international law and economic cooperation.  Nikos Dendias met his Saudi Arabia counterpart Faisalbin Farhan to further discuss bilateral cooperation In the joint statement after the one-day Forum participants committed to “joint actions and initiatives in fields such as energy, innovation, digital economy, civil protection and transnational synergies”.   They also explored possibilities for further cooperation in science, agriculture, food security, academic education and training, interfaith dialogue, culture and sports. [...]

17+1: Hellenic Development Bank joins the China–CEEC Interbank Association

By |2021-02-11T00:36:45+03:00February 11th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

by Symela Touchtidou @stouchtidou The Board of Directors of China–CEEC Interbank Association, on February 8,  gave the green light for the Hellenic Development Bank (HDB) to join the Association, saying it recognizes the contribution of HDB in financing the real economy. The China – CEEC Interbank Association was established in 2012 and its Secretariat is [...]

EIB approves record 4.3 billion euros for future investments in Greece

By |2021-02-10T17:03:49+03:00February 10th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

2020 was a record year for the EIB’s funding in Greece. The European Investment Bank injected 2.8 billion euros to support: energy transition and renewable energy resources road safety improvement upgrading school buildings protection from flooding targeted credit lines of 11 leading Greek banks companies’ access to inclusive finance agricultural investments and businesses operating in areas most [...]

Greece: “Green passport” for Israelis that have been vaccinated

By |2021-02-09T01:15:43+03:00February 9th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece and Israel have agreed to allow free travel for all Israelis that have received a COVID-19 vaccine and wish to visit Greece. The decision will be put into force once flight restrictions are lifted. The agreement was signed during the working visit of Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to Jerusalem. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin [...]

Peering into the crystal ball

By |2021-02-08T13:02:48+03:00February 8th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Peering into the crystal ball by Antonis D. Papagiannidis The expectation/promise that the Recovery and Resilience Facility would reboot the Greek economy has caused a thicket of debates to spring up. Most have to do with the how and when of initiatives to be undertaken (and funded…) under the RRF. Quite recently, a workshop set [...]

Greece- Libya: New start- Greece reopens its Embassy in Tripoli

By |2021-02-08T11:15:06+03:00February 8th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece has decided to reopen its embassy in Tripoli, Libya. In parallel, Greece starts procedures to open a Consulate General in Benghazi. The decision, announced by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, came after the election of the interim President of the Presidency Council, Mohammad Menfi, its Members and the Prime Minister of Libya by the [...]

Glitters as gold: New Greece- Eldorado deal clears the way to operate the Skouries mine

By |2021-02-06T13:12:59+03:00February 6th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

An amended Investment Agreement between Eldorado Gold' s subsidiary, Hellas Gold and the government of Greece puts an end to years of permit delays and to protests of environmental groups that tried to prohibit the operation of the Skouries gold mine. The amended Agreement provides a new legal and financial framework to allow for the [...]

Greece gets another tranche of debt relief just before it hits the 200% threshold

By |2021-02-04T13:46:12+03:00February 4th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

The fourth successive reduction of Greece’s debt was approved today by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). It will remove €122.5 million from the country’s debt obligation. The EFSF Board of Directors gave the “green light” to reduce to zero the step-up margin accrued by Greece for the period between 17 June 2020 and 31 [...]

Upcoming sales: Sandy beaches, Olympic facilities and hot spings to be auctioned soon

By |2021-02-02T15:22:09+03:00February 2nd, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Driven by the squeeze on public finances due to the pandemic, the Greek government is speeding up the process of monetizing public assets. In the first quarter of 2021, tender processes will be launched for a number of state properties, currently under the auspices of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF). First in line [...]

The boom-and- bust routine of expectations from the EU

By |2021-02-01T13:15:14+03:00February 1st, 2021|Online news / Blog|

The boom-and-bust routine of expectations from the EU by Antonis D. Papagiannidis On one side growing vaccination nationalism, already pitting the EU against the U.K. – a Member State until some weeks ago – in the AstraZeneca quarrel; on the other side, the crumbling pretense of Covax, the WHO initiative to help lower-income countries join [...]

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