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Better Cotton for a sustainable future – Thousands of Greek farmers join the Initiative

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) has announced that the Greek AGRO-2 Integrated Management Standards have been successfully benchmarked as equivalent to the Better Cotton Standard System. The recognition will promote more sustainable Greek cotton farming. Greece is the largest cotton-producing country in Europe, with more than 45,000 registered cotton farmers. Cotton is planted on approximately 270,000 hectares – 10% of the total agricultural land. Greece produces 80% of European cotton, followed by Spain that produces 20% of Europe's total [...]

December 26th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

“Athos Digital Heritage”: The treasures of Mount Athos available to all

The treasures of Mount Athos are now digitally available to all at the “Athos Digital Heritage” website. Over 2 million digital images of documents, books, manuscripts and 27 thousand artefacts, as well as 3D imaging of monuments, virtual tours of monasteries and educational apps, are now online , enabling both the public and scientists to navigate over in this holy land and discover its rare cultural wealth. The “Athos Digital Heritage” project was carried out by the OTE Group on [...]

December 23rd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Projecting Greek identity to an international audience: from “Who are we?” to a global networking of Greece and Greeks

George-Stylianos Prevelakis in discussion with Evanthis Hadjivassiliou and A.D. Papagiannidis A.D.Papagiannidis: "On behalf of economia Publishing, I would like to welcome you at this 17th Thessaloniki International Book Fair to a discussion of two books, both of George Prevelakis, a professor Emeritus of Geopolitics at the Sorbonne/Paris I University and presently a Permanent Representative of Greece to the OECD. The first one deals with the identity of Greeks – ‘Who are we?”, published in Greek but also in English; the [...]

December 22nd, 2020|Online news / Blog|

The Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Greece: all hands on deck

The Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Greece: all hands on deck by Antonis D. Papagiannidis In Greece too, an all-hands-on-deck situation results from the preparations for the vaccination effort against the Covid-19 pandemic to succeed. All of the National Health System assets have been already mobilized; the private sector is asked to join in, with pharmacies having a special role since Greeks traditionally rely heavily on them for primary care; the National Public Health Organisation /EODY has assumed a crucial organization [...]

December 21st, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Greece: In the avant -garde of green transportation megatrends

by Symela Touchtidou Transport consumes one third of all final energy in the EU. The bulk of this energy comes from oil. This means that transport is responsible for a large share of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to climate change. While most other economic sectors, such as power production and industry, have reduced their emissions since 1990, those from transport have risen notes the European Environmetal The automated bus (without driver) pilot program run [...]

December 16th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of old dogs and much-needed new tricks

Of old dogs and much-needed new tricks by Antonis D. Papagiannidis It is said – righty enough – that you don’t teach old dogs new tricks. But in the current turn of things the adoption of “new tricks”, of new ways to face threats and their dire consequences is imperative. First, a confession: in a country like Greece where the political class has often had its share of septuagenarian leaders, the current crop of 40-and 50-years old (Mitsotakis has just turned [...]

December 14th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of sanctions and talks

Of sanctions and talks by Antonis D. Papagiannidis Less than a week after Turkey completed its months-long seismic searches for hydrocarbons over large swathes of the Eastern Mediterranean in areas Greece (and Cyprus) consider belonging to their respective continental shelves (and EEZs) and withdrew seismic vessel Oruc Reis, but also less than a week before the EU Summit of December 10-11 deliberates over sanctions to be imposed for such Turkish actions, Ankara decided to up the ante: a new NAVTEX [...]

December 7th, 2020|Online news / Blog|

Of rivers and streams, of the ESM and the HFSF

 Of rivers and streams, of the ESM and the HFSF by Antonis D. Papagiannidis At the confluence of rivers, or of streams, or even of rivers and streams, one finds turbulence. Such turbulence may look picturesque from some distance; it may bring just trouble or give birth to new set-ups. So it goes with the changes promised through the December 10-11 EU Summit that will host a Euro-Summit segment – that is, if the Eurogroup of November 30 does not [...]

November 30th, 2020|Online news / Blog|
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