The strengthening of border control discussed at the Maximos meeting with Mitsotakis and Avramopoulos
By Spyros Goutzanis The strengthening of border control and the improvement of the living conditions in hospitality centres are included in the guidelines given by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in consultation with the competent Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos at the "institutional" meeting held at the Maximos Mansion. At the meeting- with the participation of the Minister of Citizen Protection Michalis Chrisochoidis, the Deputy Minister for Migration Policy Giorgos Koumoutsakos and Minister of Marine and Island Policy Giannis Plakiotakis-, according to the statement of Maximos Mansion, the priorities of the government were prioritised, always in close cooperation with the technical assistance of the European Commission. The Prime...
Bulgarian court rules to back regulator on gas grid capacity expansion contract
Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court has ruled against the appeal by the country's gas grid operation Bulgartransgaz, which sought to overturn the competition regulator's  decision to re-instate Saudi Arabian Arkad Engineering as the winner in the tender to design and build the expansion of Bulgaria’s domestic gas infrastructure, needed in order for the country to handle the transiting gas from the Turkish Stream pipeline. The court said, in a decision dated July 11, that Bulgartransgaz's arguments were insufficient to rescind the Commission for Protection of Competition's (CPC) ruling. Earlier this month, the regulator blocked the company's decision to drop Arkad Engineering as the contractor, in favour...
Cyprus: 45 years since the coup
Even today, Erdogan provokes with a message about "heroes" By Michalis Michael 45 years have passed since the day of the treacherous coup attempt in Cyprus, which opened the doors for the invasion that followed a few days later. At 8:20 exactly, the sirens sounded all over Cyprus, as a reminder that the wounds are still open and the goal of the country’s freedom from the Turkish occupation remains unfulfilled. Today, a special meeting of the Cypriot Parliament will be held in order to condemn the coup, while all the parties have issued relevant notices. The media makes tributes to those tragic days, while the...
Romania: Are the Italians leaving? And is Australia and Kuwait coming?
The information that wants the Enel Italian energy group, which holds a significant position on the domestic market in Romania, to leave the country has been stirring up lately, while according to Italian media, the Macquarie fund - the investment fund based in Australia and Singapore, as well as the Wren House company, based in Kuwait, have already expressed interest in “filling up” the gap. It should be noted that Enel's assets in Romania amount to EUR 1 billion. It is recalled that in 2015, Enel had announced that the process of disposing of its assets in Romania would be suspended as the group fulfilled...
Mogherini – Cavusoglu speak on the phone about the Cypriot EEZ
Upon arrival at the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU 28, which is starting now starting in Brussels, EU High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini revealed that she had a telephone conversation with Turkey's Foreign Minister Melvut Cavusoglu this morning, during which they also discussed the issue of the Turkish activities in the Cypriot EEZ. Specifically, Mogerini said: "I just spoke to Foreign Minister Cavusoglu about the Turkish activities in the eastern Mediterranean and I started the phone call expressing my full solidarity with the Turkish people, as today is the third anniversary of the attempted coup and I think we all remember that...
Akinci sends letter to Anastasiades on the natural gas, we will stop if you accept what Ankara says
The Cypriot President to inform the political leaders By Michalis Michael New developments in Cyprus after the letter-plan by which Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci proposes to Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiades ways of co-managing the natural gas. The content of the letter is not known, but it is not the first time that a similar proposal has been tabled. In the past, under the leadership of Mehmet Ali Talat, the T/c side had come forward with a similar proposal that was rejected by the Greek Cypriot side. The interesting thing is that, according to all indications, this letter has the green light from Turkey, since...
Kastelorizo: The focal point for the EEZ in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean
In anticipation of the EU sanctions in Turkey that may be taken today in Brussels at the Foreign Affairs Council, Mustafa Akinci sent a letter to the UN and Nicos Anastasiades for the co-management of the island's natural resources. A similar proposal was made in 2011 but was rejected by the Cypriot side. Turkey's exploration and drilling actions around the island of Cyprus do not concern the Cypriot EEZ as much, as they do the Greek EEZ and the Kastelorizo ​​island complex. Kastelorizo ​​is an island located 2 km from the city of Antalya and has an area of ​​about 9 square kilometers. With the...
Stournaras sends pro-reform message to new Greek government
Bank of Greece (BoG) governor Yannis Stournaras sent a series of messages to Greece’s new government over how to sustain economic recovery from the decade-long crisis. Having met with newly-elected Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis for the first time last week, Stournaras told Kathimerini in an interview that the government should seek to take immediate, credible measures to attract investment. The BoG chief believes Greece’s economy could grow by about double the current 1.9 percent rate, if the new administration succeeds in establishing an investment and business-friendly environment in the country. Stournaras added that compromise with Greece’s international creditors over the primary surplus targets could be...
Mitsotakis and Prespa
Petar Arsovski After New Democracy’s victory in the parliamentary elections in Greece, the main news in Macedonia has been the new Greek government, and the suspicion that political changes in our southern neighbor can mean a sharp turn to the right in relation to the Prespa Agreement, which would consequently mean jeopardizing our Euro-Atlantic, or in this case most likely only European ambitions. What can we expect from Mitsotakis, we all ask ourselves. The politician who was one of the loudest opponents of the Prespa Agreement, calling it a betrayal of Greece’s interests, a harmful agreement that must not be signed and ratified, now has...
The middle class decided on Tsipras’ fate
Nano Ruzhin In diplomacy, there is a sacred rule that reads: “Diplomacy is the art of telling people the worst things, but in the most elegant way possible”. But how can one interpret the defeat of Alexis Tsipras in the most elegant manner, without misusing diplomacy? In the region, many diplomats, analysts and citizens are convinced that Alexis Tsipras lost the parliamentary elections in Greece because of the signing of the Prespa Agreement. We are not Pretorians to reach for muscle arguments, but such a statement requires at least some corrections and explanations. It is known that the historic Prespa event with some of the...