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Maritime transport: Greece’s proposals for the green transition

In a letter to President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, presented proposals for the green transition of the maritime sector, including a EU Research Centre for Alternative Maritime Fuels and Technologies in Greece and the extension of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to maritime transport to follow the same rules as the aviation sector. According to the European Commission’s “Fit for 55” proposal on maritime transport, the bulk of the reduction [...]

October 21st, 2021|Online news / Blog|

When infrastructure crumbles, evacuations and curfews result as solutions

When infrastructure crumbles, evacuations and curfews result as solutions by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Torrential rains poured all over Greece last week causing widespread flooding – especially over the Ionian islands where the last tourists joined the locals in flight before the surging waters; also in parts of Athens where cars were swept along, buses were standed in underpasses, pupils were evacuated from flooded classrooms over makeshift bridges built out of school-desks. Even more unpleasantly, the flooding was also concentrated in [...]

October 18th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Cisco launches Digitization Program in Greece

The Government of Greece and Cisco announced the launch of a collaborative framework under Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program. The aim is to help accelerate digitization across the country and power an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The framework was introduced in a meeting between Kyriakos Pierrakakis, Minister of Digital Governance, and representatives of Cisco including Gerri Elliott, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer and Partner Officer, Guy Diedrich, Vice President and Global Innovation Officer and Antonis Tsiboukis, [...]

October 17th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

A duty of sowing seeds

A duty of sowing seeds  by Antonis D. Papagiannidis A debate organized by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research/IOBE, a respected Greek think tank, in commemoration of veteran industrialist Theodoros Papalexopoulos (a co-founder of IOBE, some 45 years ago, and long-serving President of the Federation of Greek Industry/SEV,) brought to the forefront of public attention a number of interesting topics – some of them controversial, some of more general acceptance.  Raphael Moissis, an old-timer of the energy sector, insisted on the urgency that the current situation implies for any sort [...]

October 11th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece sees enhanced competitiveness of its tax system thanks to the OECD international tax agreement

On 8 October, the OECD Plenary Session finalized the two-pillar agreement that will reform the international tax system. It will impose a minimum tax rate of 15% on the profits of multinational companies from 2023. The key points of the new global tax, designed to meet the needs of the digital age, had already been agreed on 1 July. Greece is among the 136 countries, out of the 140 members of the OECD, which support the agreement. The aim is [...]

October 10th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece doubles energy bills subsidies to households

Greece will double power and gas bill subsidies and increase handouts to help households tackle soaring energy prices, it said on Friday. In total, the relief will reach 500 million euros, Fiance Minister Christos Staikouras told a news conference, up from subsidies of about 150 million euros announced in September. European electricity and gas prices have rocketed this year as tight gas supplies have collided with strong demand in economies recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas, who [...]

October 8th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece-France defense agreement approved by the Greek parliament

The Greek parliament ratified the Greece-France strategic defense agreement, on Thursday evening, with 191 votes in favor and 109 against. Lawmakers of the governing party New Democracy and opposition parties Movement for Change (KINAL) and Greek Solution voted in favor of the agreement. In his speech, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, said: “It is an agreement that upgrades the cooperation of our two countries in the fields of defense, security and foreign policy. it is clearly stipulated that there [...]

October 7th, 2021|Online news / Blog|

Greece asks for immediate action to address high energy prices

Surging electricity prices across Europe are a source of great concern to EU citizens who are becoming unable to cover their energy costs. The additional energy cost to be incurred by consumers is likely to reach 100 billion euros during the winter of 2021-22 in the 27 Member States, according to the Greek ministry of Finances. Athens fears that high energy prices constitute a major setback for a smooth economic recovery in the post–Covid-19 era, but also an alarm signal [...]

October 5th, 2021|Online news / Blog|
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