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10.00 News in brief

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday reiterated that continuing migrant flows arriving from neighboring Turkey are an unacceptable development, stressing that «we cannot continue like this», in reply to a press question during an interview for the German daily Handelsblatt.

In the same interview, the Prime Minister referred to the positive signs οf the greek economy, stressing that Greece in two years will be a different country.

In an interview with state broadcaster ERT, the governor of the bank of Greece, Yannis Stournaras said that if the government continues on the same course, “numbers will add up”.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the country’s 13 regional governors in Athens yesterday to present them with a plan that will link local government’s funding to their support for the transfer of thousands of migrants and refugees from the islands to the mainland.

“I cannot do battle asking Europe for more solidarity when there’s no solidarity between us,” the Prime Minister said.

Mitsotakis also announced plans to create “pre-departure” centers where migrants who are slated for deportation will be held in contained conditions until their departure.

Diagoras ship carrying 28 refugees and migrants from the islands of Chios and Lesvos reached the port of Piraeus this morning.  Three more ships are expected by this afternoon.

Delays and serious challenges integrating young refugees who have fled war and persecution, risk creating a lost generation, finds a new Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) report. While it identifies some good practices, it urges Member States to learn from each other to give these young people an adequate chance in life.

The report draws on interviews across 15 locations in six EU Member States: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Sweden.

The anti-smoking law is in effect as of today with heavy fines that reach 10 thousand euros. At noon, the national action plan on banning smoking will be presented at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, in the presence of the Prime Minister. For complaints citizens can call the number 1142.

The greatest technical plan ever designed for the city of Athens was presented by the Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, yesterday. It includes 171 infrastructure projects worth 264 million euros.

About 100 protesters remain barricaded inside a Hong Kong university campus surrounded by police, as the standoff enters a third day.

Protesters inside Polytechnic University are said to be running low on supplies, with one lawmaker saying they could not last «another day».

Those inside expect to be arrested and charged with rioting if they walk out.

And the weather forecast…

Cloudy in Attica this morning, with rain and occasional thunderstorms expected later in the day. The temperature will reach today a maximum of 20 degrees Celsius.

More news in brief at 11 o’clock.

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