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April - June 2017
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Greek Labour Unions plan 24-hour Anti-austerity Strike on May 17
Greece's largest public sector union ADEDY said on Thursday it will stage a
24-hour strike on May 17 against reforms and additional austerity prescribed by
the country's lenders in exchange for bailout loans.
ADEDY said the measures, which Greece plans to legislate in order to conclude a
crucial review of its bailout progress, were "unfair and tough".
Private sector union GSEE, Greece's largest, is also gearing for a 24-hour walkout
on May 17.
The date of the strike, aimed to coincide with the parliamentary vote on
the measures, could change, ADEDY said.
|Chania one of the busiest airports in the country
6 May 2017 Apokoronas News
Chania airport has recorded one of the biggest increases in traffic among Greek
airports for March 2017.
Chania was the 4th busiest airport with 82.167 passengers after Athens
(1.374.600), Thessaloniki (409.035), and Heraklion (93.507).
The overall increase in passenger traffic for the first three months of 2017 was
5.5% with the number of passengers approaching 2.2 million.
Left : Sign at the entrance of Chania airport. 110 million euro budget for the expansion and
improvement of the terminal and the surrounds. Funded by EU with the contribution of the
Greek state. The work is still in progress. via www.apokoronas.news
New app for keeping Apokoronas clean
24 April 2017 Apokoronas News
Apokoronas council, in the Chania Municipality of Crete, have developed a new tool in its effort to keep the municipality clean.
From May a new mobile app will enable residents and visitors to sent photos and comments directly to the council’s cleaning department of
uncollected rubbish and large items left at the side of the road or by household waste bins.
Mayor Koukianakis calls on residents and visitors to help the council keep the municipality clean for the summer season.
Until the app is made available at the play store the mayor would like to remind residents of the telephone numbers of the council’s cleaning
Two additional helicopters strengthen Cretan Fire Services
1st May 2017 ekriti,gr via fonien.gr
Crete’s capacity to fight wild fires, ahead of the new high risk season, will very soon be
strengthened with the addition of two specialist fire fighting helicopters.
One will be based in Chania to be readily available to the west of the island, whilst the other
will be stationed in Heraklion, and will be on stand by for the needs of the east side of Crete.
In a meeting which took place in Chania recently to discuss and plan any further measures
that need to be taken and at what level, to ensure the reduced risk of forest fire outbreaks,
but also the speedy response of all involved in putting out any fire, before it can do even
The Fire Service believes that this year’s organisation and the directives that the individual
Councils have been given, will see a fire season less serious than in previous years.
Professional associations against increase of Sunday trading
4 May 2017 KeepTalkingGreece via ApokoronasNews
Shops in Greece can open 30 Sundays per year and not just eight as was agreed in the previous bailout agreement. However, professional
associations of workers and employers react to the measure claiming the big stores will swallow up the small ones.
Shops will be open in tourist areas such as the centre of Athens, along the coast form Piraeus to Cape Sounion, in some areas of Piraeus, around
Athens international airport and in some areas in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece.
The agreement reached between the Greek government and creditors on Thursday morning lifts floor space restrictions.
Opening the shops on Sunday is not obligatory.
There have been several objections by small shop owners who fear strong competition by big stores that can afford hiring extra personnel.
Pressures to connect Crete to the National Grid
23 April 2017 fonien.gr
If the Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO), cannot proceed with the
connections between the islands, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, (RAE), will allocate
the contract elsewhere.
This was the message sent out by the President of the of the RAE, Nikos Boulaxis, speaking
yesterday to the Special Permanent Committee on Institutions and Transparency, in the
Greek Parliament, referring indirectly to the delay that has been seen from the IPTO in
implementing the underwater, electrical cable connections.
The delay has meant that consumers are paying dearly annually, for public utilities, with
surcharges of between 600 to 800 million euros, being enforced, in order for the islands to
have the same price for the electricity they consume, as with those on the mainland.
For Crete alone, the surcharge is estimated to amount to around 250-350 million euros,
which is the cost of the purchase of oil to fuel power stations. The cost of the installation of
the submarine cable, is deemed to be 1-1,5 billion euros, which could be covered and paid
back, in the equivalent of 3 to 4 years, of the cost of remaining as is, but also most
importantly, providing the opening for large investments in wind parks.
No Ferries in Greece on May 16-17 Due to Strike
4 May 2017 GTP News
The Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) has announced a 48-hour
nationwide strike in all ship categories from 00:01 on Tuesday, May 16, until 24:00
on Wednesday, May 17.
Among claims, the Greek seamen are demanding that their labor and social
security rights are restored to pre-memorandum levels and that collective labor
agreements will be in effect for workers of all categories of ships for 2017. The
ferry workers are also protesting against uninsured labour and increased
unemployment in their sector.
PNO Announces New Strike, No Ferries in Greece on May 18-19
17th May 2017 GTP Travel Pages
Ferries in Greece will be docked for four days in a row, due to strike action of the
Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO).
PNO announced that it will hold a second 48-hour nationwide strike in all ship
categories from 00:01 on Thursday, May 18, until 24:00 on Friday May 19. The
industrial action will follow a strike scheduled to run from 00:01 on Tuesday, May
16, until 24:00 on Wednesday, May 17.
In an announcement, the federation called for “the understanding and support of
travelers” and refered to “a struggle that concerns the entire Greek society”.
Greek beaches awarded second highest number of blue flags
16th May 2017 ekathimerini
Greece’s beaches have received the second largest number of Blue Flags in the
world this year behind Spain. Greek beaches got a total of 486 flags – 56 more
than last year. Most of the flags went to beaches in Halkidiki, northern Greece,
Lasithi on Crete and the Cyclades islands.
The Blue Flag is an international annual award – now in its 30th year – which is
conferred on beaches that pass certain criteria including water cleanliness,
amenities, environmental information and management and safety.
Greece to Introduce Plastic Bag Charges in 2018
7 June 2017 Haniotika Nea
Plastic bags will cease to be given generously and freely at supermarkets. The
ministerial bill provides for consumers to pay 0.08 euros for each bag.
However, a transitional phase with half the charge until 30 June 2018 will be
Essentially, the relevant Community directive is incorporated in national legislation
|New Heraklion Airport
1 June 2017
Greek construction group GEK Terna and India’s GMR Infrastructure hope to start
building a new 850-million-euro airport on Crete early next year, a source from
GEK Terna said on Wednesday..
Greece on Tuesday awarded the contract to the Greek-Indian joint venture, which
was the sole bidder.
It will build the airport via a private-public partnership and operate it for 37 years,
subject to regulatory approval.