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Farmers gearing up for road blockades over tax plans
19th
January 2017  ekathimerini
Members of unions representing farmers in central Greece met on Wednesday to discuss
plans for a fresh round of road blockades in protest at the government’s taxation plans
for their sector.

The aim of the meetings, sources said, was for farmers to prepare road blockades such
as those set up this time last year at key road junctions.

Last year’s protracted action created huge transport disruption, cost companies millions
of euros and strained ties with neighboring Bulgaria. According to sources, Bulgarian
authorities have appealed to Athens to avert any fresh upheaval. Meanwhile Bulgarian
truck drivers are threatening to block the transport of Greek goods into Bulgaria if the
action goes ahead
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Beach Clean up - Sailors of  the “George H.W. Bush” volunteer at Stavros Beach
9th February 2017  Chania Post
Stavros Beach, Chania, Greece, February 9, 2017. Volunteers from USS George H.W.
Bush (CVN-77) volunteered for a beach clean-up at the scenic beach in Stavros, Chania.

This was a great opportunity to give back to the local community by helping preserve the
scenic environment and giving a helping hand to the great work being done by the local
authorities.

Stavros is a seaside village located northeast of Chania, at the northernmost edge of
Cape Akrotiri.

The mountain rising opposite the harbor of Stavros,is famous, because of the Academy
Award winning film “Zorba the Greek”, where Anthony Quinn danced the famous Sirtaki
Dance in 1964.
Fraport Greece to take over 14 Greek Airports on March 15th.
10th February 2017  GTP Travel Pages via Chania Post
German-Greek consortium Fraport Greece will officially take over the management of 14
regional airports in Greece on March 15, an official of the company told Reuters news agency
on Wednesday.

The consortium of German transport company Fraport and Slentel (a unit of Greek energy
Copelouzos Group) inked a 40-year contract in December 2015 with the Greek state to
manage the airports at 14 regions across Greece that include three mainland gateways
(Thessaloniki, Aktion, and Kavala) and 11 airports on Greek islands (Chania on Crete,
Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos, Lesvos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos)..
Τhe 14 regional airports were expected to come under Fraport’s management this month.
However, the takeover date was changed due to incomplete implementation of technical
requirements.

“Greece and Fraport Greece have agreed that the implementation of the concession
agreement is planned for March 15”, a Fraport official told Reuters, speaking on condition of
anonymity.

The deal, considered a landmark privatization agreement, consists of an upfront payment of
1.234 billion euros and an annual payment of 22.9 million euros in lease payments for as long
as the concession runs.
Minister invites Greeks to register their daily gripes
9th February 2017  ekathimerini
State Minister Alekos Flambouraris, who recently courted controversy by claiming that
there are no longer Greeks who search through trash for food, has called on citizens to
report the daily problems they encounter when dealing with the state or public
organizations.

Citizens who have a gripe to share can do so by logging on to www.kathimerinotita.gov.gr
and filling in a form.

“Solving problems will be our main concern,” said Flambouraris, who claimed that the
project’s goal is to “improve the quality of life.”
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Torrential rain causes road chaos in Western crete
11th February 2017   Flashnews via Apokoronas News
Torrential rain fell on  western Crete all through Friday night  and continued on Saturday
morning. Many properties were flooded, roads were waterlogged and landslides were reported
on the national road.

More than 30 emergency calls were made to the emergency services and strong winds are
making the problems worse, with increased risk of falling trees.

The amount of rain water was so much that  in several provincial roads the road surface was
severely damaged.
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Supermarkets suffer biggest sales decline in recent years
14th February 2017   ekathimerini
Greek supermarkets endured their biggest annual turnover drop of recent years in 2016, according to market researchers IRI, while the first signs
for this year are far from encouraging.

Turnover at Greek supermarkets shrank 6.5 percent year-on-year in 2016, while sales volume declined by 8.9 percent. At the same time prices
posted annual growth of 2.4 percent, owing to the impact of last summer’s value-added tax increase, along with fewer special offers by retailers.

The decline in turnover is partly attributed to the problems that Marinopoulos, the country’s biggest supermarket chain, has been facing. However,
IRI officials stress to Kathimerini that even without the impact of Marinopoulos’s problems on the market, the turnover reduction would have been
certain anyway, amounting to at least 3 percentage points compared to 2015.

Interestingly, the downfall of Marinopoulos appears to have benefited several chains, according to market experts, including some minor ones that
have formed a nationwide group named ELOMAS.

IRI also highlighted the benefits Lidl Hellas has reaped, posting a 10.4 percent increase in sales from 2015 to 2016.
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