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State aid: Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €20 million voucher scheme to help students in Greece access broadband services and benefit from remote online learning. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said:” This €20 million Greek voucher […]

Migration: First unaccompanied children relocated from Greece to Luxembourg

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the first relocations of unaccompanied migrant children from the Greek islands have taken place. 12 children are being relocated to Luxembourg as part of a scheme  organised by the Commission and the Greek authorities, with the support of the United Nations High Commissioner […]

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must help Greece manage its borders, according to Civil Liberties MEPs, who warn about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in refugee camps. MEPs stressed that the current pandemic is yet more evidence that no country can deal with […]

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must help Greece manage its borders, according to Civil Liberties MEPs, who warn about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in refugee camps. MEPs stressed that the current pandemic is yet more evidence that no country can deal with […]

Extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council: Commission presents Action Plan for immediate measures to support Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As a contribution to the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council called for today, the Commission is presenting an Action Plan of measures to be taken by the Union and the Member States together to provide critical support to Greece in managing the extraordinary […]

State aid: Commission refers Greece to Court for failure to recover incompatible State aid from mining company Larco

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to comply with a 2017 ruling by the Court of Justice. In its ruling, the Court had condemned Greece for failure to implement a 2014 […]

State aid: Commission approves market conform asset protection scheme for banks in Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Greek plans aimed at supporting the reduction of non-performing loans of Greek banks to be free of any State aid. The Commission found that, under the asset protection scheme (known by the name of “Hercules”), the Greek State will […]

rescEU assets mobilised to help Greece fight devastating forest fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece. As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve […]

State aid: Commission approves €300 million public support for the development of ultrafast broadband network in Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €300 million of public support for Greece’s Ultrafast Broadband Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme will bring ultrafast broadband services to customers in areas with insufficient connectivity in Greece. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy […]

Data protection: Commission decides to refer Greece and Spain to the Court for not transposing EU law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission decided today to refer Greece and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the EU rules on personal data protection (the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680). In April 2016, the Council and the European Parliament agreed the Directive had to […]

Norway is returning Easter Island artefacts to Chile (Will Britain ever return the marbles to Greece?)

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Douglas Broom, Senior Writer, Formative Content There are many forms of cultural appropriation but surely the most stark was the removal of hundreds of thousands of artefacts from countries that were colonized by European nations. Now calls to return […]

UN chief ‘commends’ leadership of Greece and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as name dispute draws to final close

This article is brought to you in association with the United Nations. The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres congratulated the Greek Parliament over its ratification of a name change for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on Friday, and commended the leaders of both countries for signalling the end to a naming dispute that has roiled […]

Budget Committee backs €2.3 million worth of aid to help 550 redundant media workers in Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. 550 media workers dismissed by three publishing companies will receive EU aid worth €2,308,500 to help them find new jobs. The aid will be used to finance a series of measures co-financed by the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). These measures will help the […]

Special measures for Greece: 100% absorption rate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The specific financing measures agreed in 2015 led to the successful completion of projects in Greece, underlined the EP in a vote adopted on Tuesday.  The rapid decline in GDP faced by all Greek regions due to the crisis, combined with liquidity shortages, the […]

Parliament approves €34m in EU aid to Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EUSF aid worth €34 million, to help reconstruction in Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria after natural disasters in 2017, was approved by MEPs on Tuesday. The aid includes €16,918,941 for repairs and reconstruction in Lithuania after continuous rainfall throughout the summer and autumn of […]

Budget MEPs approve €34m in EU aid to Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EUSF aid worth €34 million, to support reconstruction in Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria following natural disasters in 2017, was approved by the Budgets Committee on Wednesday. The aid, which still needs to be confirmed by plenary and Council, includes €16,918,941 for reconstruction in […]

Greece bailout ends but with no substantial effect on citizens’ life

It was yesterday when the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stated from the Greek island of Ithaca that the austerity measures are over cheering for the Greek bailout programme exit. Mario Centeno, the chairman of the ESM’s board of governors, had said last Monday that Greece is once more a nation which doesn’t need any additional […]

Greece begins a new chapter following the conclusion of its stability support programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Greece has successfully concluded a three year European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme with its place at the heart of the euro area and European Union secured. The successful conclusion of the programme is a testament to the efforts of the Greek people, […]

Commission supports normalisation in Greece through activation of post-programme framework

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted a decision to activate the enhanced surveillance framework for Greece to support the implementation of agreed reforms following the successful conclusion of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support programme. On 20 August, Greece will conclude its ESM stability […]

Migration: Commission steps up emergency assistance to Spain and Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has awarded an additional €45.6 million in emergency assistance to support Spain and Greece respond to the migratory challenges they face. In view of increased arrivals, Spain will receive €25.6 million to improve the reception capacity for arrivals at its southern […]

Greece leaves EU aid program, gets last 15 billion euro

This story is brought to you in association with the European Council – Eurogroup Completion of the fourth and final review and growth strategy The Eurogroup commends the Greek authorities for the completion of all the agreed prior actions of the final review of the ESM programme. We congratulate the Greek authorities and Greek people […]

Parliament approves €104.2m in EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EUSF aid worth €104.2 million, to support reconstruction in Greece, Spain, France and Portugal following natural disasters in 2017, was approved by MEPs on Wednesday. The aid includes €50.6 million for reconstruction in Portugal’s Centro region following violent forest fires in June and October […]

Budget MEPs approve €104.2 m in EU aid to Greece, Spain, France and Portugal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament 16-05-18 Budget MEPs approved on Wednesday EUSF aid worth €104.2 million to support reconstruction in Greece, Spain, France and Portugal, hit by natural disasters in 2017. The aid from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) includes €50.6 million for reconstruction in the Centro region in Portugal […]

Τhe EU Refugee Crisis: a day in the life of a Refugee in Greece

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Sofia Radi, a second year Μedical Student from the University of Athens, Greece. Ms Radi is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). The opinion expressed in this piece belongs to the writer and does not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The […]

Refugee crisis update: EU fails to relocate immigrants from Greece and Italy

The European Commission announced last Thursday new measures for an efficient EU return policy together with the progress made and must be done by the EU member states on the EU’s relocation and resettlement schemes by September and beyond. The slow relocation pace of refugees transferred from Greece and Italy to the rest European countries […]

Give a chance to the brothers of Ailan: reception of refugees in Greece

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Michaella Alexandrou. The writer is a first year medical student at the University of Athens, Greece. She is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The […]

At the edge of humanity: refugee healthcare in Greece and the EU

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Ms Eleana Strouthou. The writer is a second year medical student at European University Cyprus Nicosia.  Mrs Strouthou is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). We were driving in Lesvos, Greece, passing by the people walking towards the port, a 12-hour distance by feet. “Stop there, let’s help the […]

Greece bailout programme: Full agreement after marathon negotiations on debt relief between IMF and Eurozone

The Finance ministers of the Eurozone met yesterday in Brussels to discuss mainly on the implementation of Greece’s ESM economic adjustment programme and have come to a final deal which will lead to the conclusion of the first review unlocking the second tranche of 10,3 billion euros. The Ministers gave a direct assignment to the […]

Tsipras doesn’t seem to have learned his “almost Grexit” lesson and Greece faces again financial and political dead end

The teleconference of the EuroWorking Group which took place yesterday is the forerunner of the extraordinary meeting of the Finance Ministers of the Eurozone on May 9 where Greece’s programme review is about to be discussed. The outcome was, as expected, disappointing regarding the agreement between the two sides on the package of basic and […]

Can Greece’s devastating economy deal with the migration crisis?

The European Commission’s assessment on the Action Plan where Greece describes how to cope with migration deficiencies regarding its external border control reveal that the Southern country has shown remarkable improvement but there are still many points that need to be addressed and improved. What is more, the Commission made clear on yesterday’s press release […]

Merkel had it her way with the refugees & immigrants but can Greece and Turkey deliver?

Early in the morning of 7th March, ahead of the first meeting in the series of the latest traumatic gatherings of the 28 EU leaders with the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, this newspaper argued that the EU had to prove on that day it could remain in one piece. This didn’t happen then. Last […]

Migration crisis update: Greece could probably say goodbye to Schengen really soon

It was two days ago when the European Commission’s draft report revealed “serious deficiencies” of the Greek government to comply with its obligations under the Schengen’s Agreement rules regarding the control of the migrant influx. If these suggestions are voted by the majority of the EU member states, then Greece will be given a 90 […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “It is the implementation, Stupid!”, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble points the finger to Greece from Davos

Here in Davos, while the second day already slips away, it was time for Europe to get under the spotlight of the richest people in the world attending the World Economic Forum. The “EU has become a microcosm of the world’s issues”, Robin Niblet, the moderator of yesterday’s morning panel discussion early underpinned. Yesterday morning’s session, called “the future […]