Seismic surveys to locate natural gas deposits in the Ionian Sea continue unabated.
- Written by E.Tsiliopoulos
A 4.7 Richter earthquake occurred shortly after 6:30 on Tuesday morning off Evia, with the tremor also being felt in Attica. A barrage of aftershocks followed, in Evia after the initial tremor. By 7:30 in the morning, three aftershocks of magnitude 4.1, 3.2 and 2.2 were even felt in the Attica basin.
King Charles III on Monday afternoon welcomed Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his spouse Mareva at Windsor Castle in London, designated as a private meeting, given that the British monarch received a head of government rather than a peer, i.e. a head of state.
Expansion of flights to Greece was agreed upon by the Minister of Tourism Vassilis Kikilias with the Ministry of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, Prince Ahmed Al Khateeb, in the context of the series of contacts and meetings with leaders of the global tourism market that he is carrying out during his visit to Riyadh, where the 22nd Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
The first arrest in a wide-ranging police and judicial investigation of one of Greece’s most prominent private child & mother services NGO, Ark of the World, came on Friday in the southern city of Kalamata, when the director of a shelter there was charged – and subsequently released – with possession of a handgun.
An event for the Implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan in Greece is taking place today. The event is co-organized by the European Commission, the Special Recovery Fund Coordination Service of the Ministry of Finance and Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research-IOBE and will be broadcast on IOBE's YouTube channel.
The event will feature a first assessment of the progress made to date in the implementation of the Hellenic Recovery and Resilience Plan (RRP) following its approval in July 2021.
Greece's RRP ("Greece 2.0") is funded through NextGenerationEU, the EU's recovery mechanism to repair the economic and social damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Vice President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, the Deputy Minister of Finance Theodoros Skylakakis, the Head of the Monitoring Directorate of the Recovery Fund Demosthenes Voivodas, the Head of Unit DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission Julia Lendvai, the Secretary General for Coordination of of the Government of Thanasis Kontogeorgis, the Head of Unit DG of Employment and Social Inclusion, European Patrick Paquet, the Governor of the Recovery Fund Nikos Mantzoufas et al.
The event is freely broadcast from the IOBE YouTube channel in Greek and English.
Air pollution was responsible for the death of 11,620 citizens in Greece in 2020. And it is the high concentrations of fine suspended particles with a diameter below 2.5 μm (fine particulate matter – PM 2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and ozone ( O3) that are to blame for all these deaths, according to what European Environment Agency (EEA) scientists noted in their report on "Air Quality in Europe" published today Thursday.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid a visit to Patras, from where he answered journalists' questions at a press conference.
About 200 commercial ships a year will be repaired at the Elefsina Shipyards according to the plans of ONEX Shipyards & Technologies, which is going to take over the shipyards based on the consolidation plan filed in court.
Speaking to journalists, Mr. Panos Xenokostas, president and CEO of ONEX, pointed out that there are significant prospects in the field of ship repair as well as energy projects. He also referred to American firm DFC that will finance the shipyards with 102 million euros, saying that this funding is a sign of confidence in the shipyards’ prospects
The revival of the Shipbuilding Industry, through the restart, consolidation and upgrading of the Elefsina Shipyards, will re-establish Greece as a significant force in the field of shipbuilding, both in support of commercial shipping and in the field of defense shipbuilding, according to the management of ONEX, which estimates that the court’s decision is expected to be issued by April 2023.
Regarding Hellenic Navy programs, Mr. Xenokostas sent the message that at some point decisions will have to be made on the corvette program, as business cannot wait for long, however he hastened to note that the reconstitution of the Elefsina Shipyards does not depend on military orders.
Mr. Xenokostas referred to the cooperation with Italian shipyards Fincantieri which are bidding for the corvette program, noting that the synergy with the global shipbuilding group Fincantieri S.p.A. guarantees the effective development of technological solutions in defense constructions.
Finally, it should be noted that according to ONEX, the goal is to transform the Shipyards into a hub that will support commercial shipping horizontally, acting as a leader for the entire industrial ecosystem of the region.
The Elefsina Shipyards Consolidation Agreement forms a sustainable model for restarting the Elefsina Shipyards and as ONEX claims this includes:
– a direct investment of 170 million dollars is implemented
– All existing jobs are guaranteed (600)
– Debts and compensations amounting to 41 million euros are available to employees
-1,400 new jobs are created within 3 years. With the total number of employees reaching 2,000.
– Additional revenues of 1.1 billion euros are generated for the Greek State (direct and indirect taxes, insurance contributions) over the next 25 years
-The Greek Economy is strengthened with more than 1.6 billion euros that will be directed to domestic suppliers and the Greek Industry