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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-27

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] President Pavlopoulos' message for memorial of those serving in Greek politics
  • [02] Refugees and migrants in Greece at 50,256 on Sunday
  • [03] Ministers, party leaders attend Venizelos memorial service on Crete
  • [04] Looking back: 150 years since the National Archaeological Museum was founded
  • [05] Nine arrested on Kos for supply of forged documents to refugees, migrants
  • [06] Aegean Airlines cancels flights to Brussels up to March 30

  • [01] President Pavlopoulos' message for memorial of those serving in Greek politics

    "The real politician is the one that shows, at all costs, his personal example. Not the one that mercurially adapts to the daily life of populism," President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos said on Sunday, in his message for the nationwide memorial of those serving as representatives of the Greek people.

    The only titles of honour that were capable of bringing honour to those involved in public affairs, in the democratic sense, were an unselfish contribution toward the public interest and, as such, an honourable poverty that served as a model of political ethics, Pavlopoulos said.

    [02] Refugees and migrants in Greece at 50,256 on Sunday

    The total number of recently arrived refugees and migrants in Greece had risen to 50,256 by the latest count, the Greek Coordinating Body for Management of the Refugee Crisis announced on Sunday. More than half of these, or 28,518, were being hosted in facilities in northern Greece, it said.

    A total of 4,668 individuals were registered on the Greek islands of the Aegean, with the highest number on the island of Lesvos (2,463).

    Attica was currently hosting 14,150 people, of which 5,330 were staying at the port of Piraeus, while a total of 2,920 were in central Greece.

    The numbers at the refugee and migrant camp in Idomeni had fallen to 11,500 people based on the latest count, while another 8,690 were divided among the three refugee facilities in Kilkis.

    The numbers given by Greek authorities had risen by only 20 since Saturday, while they had fallen slightly on the islands and at Idomeni.

    Efforts to decongest the overcrowded camp at Idomeni and persuade people to accept alternative accommodation in more structured reception facilities at the relocation centres resulted in the departure of three coaches bound for Imathia and Pieria on Saturday, while a total of eight left Idomeni on Friday, six bound for Imathia and two for Pieria.

    After concerted efforts by the UNHCR to inform the refugees and migrants how they could move to the temporary relocation centres, more than 600 people had expressed an interest in moving on Friday, in order to escape the very poor conditions at the Idomeni camp.

    New arrivals at the Greek islands dropped sharply on Friday and Saturday, with roughly 150 mainly Pakistani nationals arriving on each day, mostly on the island of Lesvos.

    Those still detained in the hotspots on the three islands, in accordance with the EU-Turkey agreement for those arriving after March 20, include 1,493 people at the Lesvos hotspot, 1,245 at the Chios hotspot and 125 at the hotspot on Samos.

    [03] Ministers, party leaders attend Venizelos memorial service on Crete

    An event commemorating early 20th century Greek statesman Eleftherios Venizelos, as well as his son and three-times Greek prime minister Sofoklis Venizelos, was held in Hania, Crete on Sunday. Among those attending were Economy Minister George Stathakis, main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis and opposition Potami party leader Stavros Theodorakis, who each hailed Eleftherios Venizelos as a reformer and visionary, who had fought to make Greece strong and modern.

    Speaking at the end of the annual political memorial service, Stathakis noted that 80 years had passed since the death of Eleftherios Venizelos, who had founded all the modern institutions of the Greek state and had "consistently served the ideas of democracy, equality and creating a strong and proud Greece."

    Mitsotakis similarly hailed him as a brave politician that had "dared to modernise Greece, to implement bold reforms, a man whose personal clock was synchronised with the clock of history."

    Theodorakis praised his vision and noted that Greece had need of a great many like him, prepared to fight bravely for the major changes that had to be made, in order to "build a strong economy without parasites."

    [04] Looking back: 150 years since the National Archaeological Museum was founded

    The birth of Greece's National Archaeological Museum was first announced on April 27, 1866 by the Chief Guard of Antiquities Zissis Sotiriou - one of the fighters of the independence war of 1821. The announcement notified all Greeks that a new "Museum of All Greeks" was to be erected on the land donated by Eleni Tositsa on Patission Street and also urged anyone hoarding antiquities in their home to donate them, in order to enrich the new museum's collection.

    Sotiriou was appointed to his position in 1863 and oversaw the building of both the first Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum. The building's foundation stone was officially set in 1866, in a grand ceremony attended by King George the First, ministers, MPs and crowds of people, which marked the culmination of an effort lasting over three decades, with many false starts and dashed hopes along the way.

    It would take another 23 years, however, for the building to be erected, initially starting with the west wing. The museum is now celebrating the 150th year since its foundation and has planned a series of events throughout the year to mark the anniversary and the sometimes tumultuous course over the last century and a half.

    [05] Nine arrested on Kos for supply of forged documents to refugees, migrants

    At least nine foreign nationals have been arrested on the island of Kos as alleged members of a criminal ring supplying forged documents to migrants and refugees, according to an announcement on Sunday.

    The first arrests were carried out by coast guard officers on the island on Saturday, assisted by a special missions team, after raids on the suspects' homes revealed evidence of their activities, including computers, cameras, a large number of forged official documents and a large number of mobile phones and SIM cards.

    The authorities were first alerted to the possible presence of the counterfeiting ring after intercepting a 29-year-old foreign national carrying an envelope with what appeared to be forged asylum application forms and other official documents, in order to sell these to migrants and refugees.

    [06] Aegean Airlines cancels flights to Brussels up to March 30

    Aegean Airlines on Saturday announced the cancellation of all scheduled flights to and from Brussels until March 30 as the airport will remain closed. The airline said that it will instead carry out emergency flights to and from Lille airport in northern France on March 29-30, in order to facilitate its passengers.

    The flights will take place on the following days and times:

    Date Flight Route Time

    Mar. 29 A3 628 Athens-Lille 8:30-10:40

    Mar. 29 A3 629 Lille-Athens 11:30-15:30

    Mar. 30 A3 628 Athens-Lille 8:30-10:40

    Mar. 30 A3 629 Lille-Athens 11:30-15:30

    Aegean asked passengers to call the phonelines 801 11 20000 (local call from landline) and (+30) 210 6261000 (from mobile) in Greece, the phone line (+32) 275 34710 in Belgium and the phone line (+33) 170 031323 in France or to contact their local travel agent in order to change or book tickets, before they depart for Lille airport.

    Passengers will have to make their own arrangements to reach and leave Lille airport, Aegean said, noting that there is a good and frequent train connection between Brussels and Lille.

    The airline will make changes to existing tickets without charge and give full refunds in the case of cancellations for passengers that booked tickets to or from Brussels until March 21, with an initial travel date up to March 31, 2016 and a new flight date up to May 31, 2016.


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