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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-10-14

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  • [01] Government's economic policy council to convene on Wednesday
  • [02] Ticket prices for entry at archaeological sites and museums to rise as of January 1, 2016

  • [01] Government's economic policy council to convene on Wednesday

    ANA/MPA---Government Vice President Ioannis Dragasakis will chair the economic policy council that will convene on Wednesday, at 15:00.

    According to sources, the council will focus on the recapitalization of banks, the establishment of new development tools and the acceleration of procedures for the successful completion of the Operational Programmes of the NSRF (National Strategic Reference Framework) 2007-2013.

    In another meeting on Tuesday, chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, government officials discussed the completion of works and infrastructure in refugee reception and identification centres.

    According to a press release by the prime minister's office, the ministers also discussed how to coordinate the management of refugee flows and appointed coordinators on the islands which receive the refugees.

    [02] Ticket prices for entry at archaeological sites and museums to rise as of January 1, 2016

    The Central Archaeological Council on Tuesday approved a ministry of Culture proposal to increase entrance prices for archaeological sites and museums in Greece as of January 1, 2016, based on each site's numbers of visitors.

    The highest admission prices will be charged at the Acropolis of Athens and the Knossos prehistoric palace on Crete. At the site of the Acropolis, home of the iconic Parthenon temple, entrance will rise to 20 euros per person (10 euros reduced price), from the current 12 euros (6, reduced). The price will include the north and south slopes of the Acropolis. The ticket for Knossos will be 15 euros, from the current 6-euro ticket.

    Sites such as the the Asclepieion Sanctuary site and its museum, in the Epidaurus area, and the citadel of ancient Mycenae with its museum will charge 12 euros each (6, reduced), from the current 6 and 8 euros, respectively. Tickets will cover both the site and its related museum.

    Entrance at the Ancient Agora of Athens (with the Stoa of Attalus museum) and the archaeological site of ancient Corinth (with its museum) will admit tourists with 8 euros per person (4, reduced). Sites such as Nemea, Marathon, the Acrocorinth (citadel of Corinth), the catacombs and settlement of Polichni on Melos island and the Amphiaraeion will not see a great increase in ticket pricing.

    In terms of museums, entrance prices for each will be formulated as follows, for example:

    - Large and central museums like the National Archaeological Museum and Archaeological Museum of Iraklio, 10 euros (5 euros, reduced)

    - The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes, and the Spinalonga former leper colony (off Crete), 8 euros

    - The Archaeological Museum of Patras, Prehistoric Museum of Thera (Santorini), the Numismatic Museum of Athens, the Zakros Palace on Crete and the archaeological site and Museum of Amphipolis, 6 euros

    The Council also approved the halving (50%) of ticket prices for the winter season, namely, from April to October, "to allow everyone, especially Greeks, to visit archaeological sites and museums at a lower price," the secretary general of the ministry, Maria Vlazaki-Andreadaki said.

    The free entrance every first Sunday of the month which is currently observed during the winter season will remain in place, the culture officials added.

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