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Historic decisions for Greece and the Eurozone

Following a marathon negotiating session of European Council on the 26th of October in Brussels, Heads of State and Government of the Eurozone member states agreed on a comprehensive set of measures which reflect their unwavering determinationto overcome together the current difficulties and to take all the necessary steps towards a deeper economic union commensurate with their monetary union.
In particular on Greece, there was an agreement that should secure the decline of the Greek debt to GDP ratio with an objective of reaching 120% by 2020. It also includes a voluntary contribution by private creditors, amounting to a nominal discount of 50% on notional Greek debt. Additionally, a new EU-IMF multiannual programme financing up to € 100 billion will be put in place by the end of the year, accompanied by a strengthening of the mechanisms for the monitoring of reforms implementation.
“The debt is absolutely sustainable now,” Papandreou told a press conference, earlier today, after the meeting of euro zone leaders.
“Greece can now settle its accounts with the past, once and for all. […] We can claim that a new day has come for Greece, and not only for Greece but also for Europe,” the premier added.
Primeminister.gr: Papandreou press conference after the euro summit (in Greek); European Council President: Remarks by Herman Van Rompuy following the meeting of the Euro Summit & Statement by President Barroso
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

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Blue Flags 2010

Greece was awarded Blue Flags for 421 Beaches and 9 Marinas by the International Blue Flag Jury, winning second place among 41 countries. 
The prefectures of Lasithi (on Crete), and Halkidiki (northern Greece), as well as the islands of Corfu and Rhodes were awarded the highest number of Blue Flags.
The Blue Flag is an internationally recognized standard for quality, develporewarding sustainable development at beaches and marinas, relying on strict criteria, such as water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety.
Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature: Greek Beachs awarded the Blue Flag for 2010
Greek News Agenda: 425 Blue Flags for Greece

Greece: Cultural Heritage Awards

♦ Sustainable Aegean

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The Sustainable Aegean project of the Society for the Protection of the Environment and Cultural Heritage was one of the seven European projects that was awarded a Grand Prize  on June 5 by the European Commission and Europa Nostra – The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe (education-training and awareness raising category).  This year, a total of 138 applications and nominations from 24 countries were received in the various categories and assessed in situ by independent experts. The best of these were selected by one of four Heritage Awards Juries in a series of recent meetings. 28 were short-listed to receive an Award, and from these, seven were selected to receive a Grand Prize. Its website offers consultation on legal, administrative and technical matters which concern sustainable growth initiatives to be pursued by the local communities in the Aegean. Athens Plus: Greek NGO candidate for European Heritage Award  (June 5, p. 15)  

♦ Nicopolis

Moreover, the extensive ruins of the city of Nicopolis, spread today across a picturesque, rural area in Epirus, northwest Greece, are some of the best preserved in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The archaeological park of the city of Nicopolis won another Europa Nostra award at this year’s competition in the “Conservation” category.  Greek News Agenda: Nikopolis- The City of Victory