The European Council meeting ended in Brussels Wednesday afternoon, with its conclusions stressing the need for research and development of local land and sea energy resources in Europe. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras had raised the issue earlier during his address at the summit.
Greek regions were among the EU regions with the highest unemployment rates in 2012, Eurostat said on Wednesday, with Western Macedonia being the fifth EU region with the highest unemployment rate of 29.9 pct and the first in youth unemployment (72.5 pct).
Main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras, addressing a pensioners' rally on Monday evening, stressed the need for the creation of a nationwide pensioners' solidarity network, and announced a series of SYRIZA policies to strengthen social insurance funds
Passing an antiracism law to deal with "racist and hate speech, racist violence and acts" is "an obligation for Greece", Democratic Left (DIM.AR) party Fotis Kouvelis told ANA-MPA TV on Tuesday. "An antiracism regulation is a must, and no political tug of war is acceptable on such an issue, "Kouvelis said.
A draft bill outlining measures for non-performing loans from banks to private individuals, as well as measures for an overhaul of the Teiresias system tracking bad debts, is to be tabled in Parliament by mid-June.
There are over half a million poor or socially marginalised children in Greece, while 322,000 of these are in dire straits materially, according to a report by "The state of the children of Greece 2013" conducted by UNICEF.