More than 8,000 Greek citizens living abroad have registered on the platform for postal voting within the first two days of its operation, while there is also great interest from domestic voters. Registration for the June 9 European Parliament elections must be completed 40 days in advance, by April 29, 2024.  The Interior Ministry will […]

21.02.2024 / 07:23

Thousands of farmers from throughout Greece drove more than 200 tractors to Athens on Tuesday, intensifying weeks of protests against increasing costs and international competition.

19.02.2024 / 08:06

Thirty years after farmers first started blocking roads with their tractors, little has changed in the primary sector.

16.02.2024 / 07:20

Charging that the government “did not scrape the bottom of the barrel as it had promised,” farmers on Thursday voted during a nationwide meeting in Nikaia in Larissa to continue their mobilizations and to descend on Athens on Tuesday with their tractors to hold a large-scale rally.

13.02.2024 / 08:47

While the news focus is firmly on the farmers’ protests across Greece, attention on the dire situation in one region, in Thessaly, has somewhat faded, except for the locals, who are still awaiting a recovery plan five months after the disastrous floods that destroyed many properties, killed livestock and eroded the soil. HVA International, a […]

08.02.2024 / 08:00

Almost five years have passed since a ruling by the Council of State, Greece’s top administrative court, cleared municipal plans to demolish an illegal extension of a cafe-restaurant near Kolonaki Square in central Athens. However, the decision has yet to be implemented by the authorities.

25.01.2024 / 15:28

Complaints about illegal content on the Internet increased particularly in 2023, with complaints about financial fraud leading the way, according to data released on Wednesday by SafeLine.gr, the Greek Safer Internet Center of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas.

25.01.2024 / 11:10

Pedestrians apparently have no place to go in Athens. Instead of enjoying the right for carefree strolls or hurried walks, and pushing a stroller or a wheelchair, they encounter all kinds of obstacles, from shop tables, chairs, trees and cars, while balancing on broken, slippery, upturned slabs.

21.01.2024 / 13:31

Interior Minister Niki Kerameus describes the acceptance of the princiople of postal vote by major opposition parties as a “promising signal for our political system.”

17.01.2024 / 19:10

Many of Attica’s new municipal authorities are reportedly planning significant hikes in municipal fees in order to manage and balance their budgets. 
The authorities have their backs up against the wall due to the accumulation of fines for the poor performance of municipalities in recycling which has burdened landfills, and the increase in the salaries of municipal employees from the beginning of the year.
Sources have told Kathimerini that there are currently no thoughts at the Municipality of Athens to increase municipal fees.
At the same time, the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE) plans to appeal to the Council of State and the Regional Union of Municipalities (PED) over the constitutionality of a recent move by the Finance Ministry to order a retention of a percentage of Central Autonomous Resources (ΚAP) for the debts of municipalities. 
Municipalities are required by law to submit balanced budgets, so any increase in expenditure should be accompanied by an increase in revenue.
Most municipalities in Attica, including the Municipality of Athens, have single-digit recycling rates, which means that a large proportion of their waste ends up in the Fyli landfill.
According to the law, from the beginning of the year, municipalities will pay a fine of 35 euros for every ton of waste buried in 2024.
In fact, the fine will be imposed retroactively also for the years 2022 and 2023.
The fine will increase each year in order to pressure municipalities to implement recycling systems.
Meanwhile the Municipality of Hania on the island of Crete is also set to increase municipal fees. The mayor of Hania, Panagiotis Simandirakis, said the reduction in municipal revenue due to the implementation of central government decisions is expected to reach 3.5 million euros for next year.

14.01.2024 / 21:49

Residents of central Athens districts have long complained that bars and restaurants have taken over their sidewalks and the vehicles of visitors their parking spaces.

29.12.2023 / 14:37

Shortages of olive oil in the market are expected in the next months, according to cooperative executives, due to lower production and producers’ unwillingness to sell, expecting prices above 8-9 euros per kilo.

23.12.2023 / 09:34

Ilias Kasidiaris, the jailed former deputy leader of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn group, is slated to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of the new municipal authority next week. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Kypseli Municipal Market in central Athens on Thursday.