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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-01-29

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Israel examines pipeline to transport natural gas to Europe via Greece
  • [02] St. Valentine's festival on Lesvos on Feb. 14
  • [03] Farmers escalate mobilisations; Tempi Valley closed from 12:00-18:00 on Friday

  • [01] Israel examines pipeline to transport natural gas to Europe via Greece

    Israel wants to examine a plan to build a pipeline to transport the country's natural gas to Europe via Greece, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, during a tri-party meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia.

    Speaking to reporters, after the meeting, the Israeli PM said the plan was "bold", while the Greek PM commenting on the very big importance of exploiting the natural gas reserves of Cyprus and Israel, noted "of course, Greece will be play the role of a bridge for these two countries, which will want to gain direct benefits from exploiting fields through their transport towards Europe via Greece."

    The three countries agreed to promote common projects in the energy sector and cooperation in other sectors. A joint declaration, adopted by the three leaders, envisages common projects in energy, sea transport, innovation, water technology, transport, tourism, security and commercial partnerships. In the framework of the tri-party meeting, government ministers signed an agreement on management of water resources and agreed to create a sub-water electricity cable linking electricity grids between the three countries. The three leaders also agreed to the set up a special commission to monitor progress of all agreements in order to have specific results in their next meeting, scheduled in the next six months.

    The Greek Premier underlined that the tri-party meeting "was an important step forward for stability in the wider region" and explained that this step was not directed against third parties. On the contrary, he noted "it sets an example as it proved that we can work together, we can create even more networks linking us and undertake initiatives to exploit the comparative advantages of our region to the benefit of our peoples."

    "Today, we send a very important message that, by uniting our forces, we can promote prosperity, stability through development of common goals and through exploiting the advantages of our region," Tsipras said. He added that the tri-party formation was "a strategic choice aimed to enhance our countries' capabilities and to contribute to the benefit of our peoples and our region based on the interconnection of several sectors, such as energy, transport, know-how exchange and particularly in new technology, innovation and of course tourism".

    Tsipras expressed his belief that this strategic choice "can promote regional peace and stability and to highlight as an example the benefits of cooperation in the region based on the principle of good neighborhood". "We plan the immediate implementation of actions and we agreed on the formation of a tri-party commission specialized on energy issues to promote our energy goals," the Greek PM said, adding that discussions also focused on environment, protection and safety of sea environment.

    [02] St. Valentine's festival on Lesvos on Feb. 14

    A two-day festival entitled "Saint Valentine of Mytilene 2016" will take place on Lesvos island on February 13-14 as the holy relics of Saint Valentine are kept in the Church of Metastassis of Virgin Mary in Mytilene.

    The municipality of Lesvos, the Chamber of Commerce, the Trade Association of the island and the Union of hoteliers invite couples from all around the world to marry in the "capital" city of solidarity and love as well as couples who celebrate their 25,30 and 50-year anniversary to participate in a competition. Guests are entitled to free travel tickets, three-night accommodation, food and guided tours.

    Religious and cultural events have also been planned on the island for the celebration of St Valentine.

    For further information those interested can send an e-mail to ethel.genia@hotmail.com or call the municipality of Lesvos.

    [03] Farmers escalate mobilisations; Tempi Valley closed from 12:00-18:00 on Friday

    Greek farmers protesting against the government's proposed tax and pension reforms announced they will block the Athens-Thessaloniki motorway Tempi Valley for six hours on Friday , following a decision by the Thessaly farmers' coordination committee .

    Traffic at Tempi Valley will be interrupted from 12.00 to 18.00 on Friday.

    Thessaly farmers have invited the representatives of all the farmers blockades across the country to meet at 14:00 at Tempi in order to discuss the situation and to coordinate their actions from now on. However, in order to increase the pressure to the government, the farmers are oriented to gradually increase the blocking hours at Tempi Valley.

    Moreover, farmers from western Greece have parked their tractors alongside the the motorways of Patras-Pyrgos and Antirrio-Ioannina.

    Farmers from Ilia region will block Patras-Pyrgos at Kourtesi interchange from 12:00 to 14:00 and will distribute local products to the passing drivers and will brief them on their mobilisations and their requests.

    Farmers from the prefecture of Etoloakarnania said they will interrupt the traffic on Antirrio-Ioannina national road at Kefalovrysso interchange from 17:00-22:00 on Friday while farmers from Achaia have scheduled to block Patras-Pyrgos motorway at Kato Achaia junction from 18:00-21:00.


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