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#EuropeanRightsWatchdog – #Greece needs to do more to counter bribery

#EuropeanRightsWatchdog – #Greece needs to do more to counter bribery

| December 19, 2019

Greece has toughened laws against bribery offences but more work is needed to restore the ability of its criminal justice system to counter corruption, Europe’s main rights watchdog said on Tuesday (17 December), writes George Georgiopoulos. In June, Greece downgraded bribery of public officials from a felony to a misdemeanour, softening sanctions for such crimes. […]

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People seeking protection in #Greece denied a fair asylum process – Oxfam and Greek Council for #Refugees report

People seeking protection in #Greece denied a fair asylum process – Oxfam and Greek Council for #Refugees report

| December 6, 2019

People who seek protection in Greece are regularly denied access to a fair and efficient asylum process, Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) revealed in a new report. The report ‘No-rights zone’ highlights the severe and chronic lack of lawyers and access to crucial information in the overcrowded EU ‘hotspot’ camps on the Greek islands. This […]

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Parliament approves €4.5 million in EU aid to #Greece after #Cyclone damage

Parliament approves €4.5 million in EU aid to #Greece after #Cyclone damage

| November 28, 2019

On Wednesday (27 November), MEPs said ‘Yes’ to EU Solidarity Fund aid worth €4.5 million to help reconstruction in western Crete, severely hit by exceptional weather in February. Between 23 and 26 February 2019, exceptionally heavy rain and storms hit Crete, in particular the western part of the island. The resulting floods and landslides caused […]

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Commissioner Stylianides welcomes Greek contribution to rescEU and addresses ELIAMEP Foundation

Commissioner Stylianides welcomes Greek contribution to rescEU and addresses ELIAMEP Foundation

| September 12, 2019

Today (12 September), Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides (pictured) is visiting Athens to welcome Greece’s contribution to the rescEU initial transition fleet during a special visit at the Elefsina air base together with Mr Michalis Chrisochoidis, Minister of Citizens’ Protection of Greece to mark an even closer cooperation in fighting forest fires in […]

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One year anniversary of #Greece successfully concluding stability support programme

One year anniversary of #Greece successfully concluding stability support programme

| August 21, 2019

20 August marked one year since Greece successfully concluded its European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme. The 3-year stability support programme took a coordinated approach to tackling long-standing and deep-rooted structural issues that contributed to Greece experiencing an economic crisis and losing access to financial markets. In total, Greece’s European partners provided €61.9 billion […]

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#RescEU assets mobilized to help #Greece fight devastating forest fires

#RescEU assets mobilized to help #Greece fight devastating forest fires

| August 15, 2019

Following the request for assistance from Greece, rescEU assets have been mobilized to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece. As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilize three forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions. Humanitarian Aid and Crisis […]

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#Greece battles wildfire on Evia island, smoke blankets #Athens

#Greece battles wildfire on Evia island, smoke blankets #Athens

| August 13, 2019

A large wildfire fanned by strong winds destroyed tracts of forest on the Greek island of Evia, firefighters said on Tuesday (13 August), as authorities prepared to evacuate two villages potentially in the path of the flames, writes Renee Maltezou. Wildfires raged uncontrolled in at least four other Greek regions, and the fire brigade said […]

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