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Greece: Short-term debt relief approved by Eurogroup but tough measures loom

Eurozone finance ministers struck a deal in Brussels on 05.12.2016 on short-term measures to lighten Greece’s debt burden, but the conclusion of the country’s second review of its third bailout and the participation of the International Monetary Fund have been deferred to January 2017.

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Five offers made for use of Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector

Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), estimated to cost €220 million, will transport gas with a total capacity of 4.3 billion cubic meters a year (bcm/y).

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Greek economy: Talks regarding the sale of DESFA to SOCAR collapse, ESM proposal on Greek debt relief

The Greek government is considering its next moves, including the possibility of a new tender.

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Комиссия парламента Турции одобрила соглашение по "Турецкому потоку"

АНКАРА, 29 ноя. 2016 — РИА Новости. Комиссия по внешним связям парламента Турции одобрила во вторник проект закона по строительству газопровода "Турецкий поток", сообщает агентство Sputnik.

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Debts worth around $23 billion restructured in Turkey: Minister

Personal and corporate debts worth 77.6 billion Turkish Liras ($22.7 billion) have been restructured in line with a law on the Restructuring of Certain Public Receivables, also referred to as the “Tax Amnesty,” Finance Minister Naci Ağbal said Nov. 28, 2016.

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Greece: ELSTAT figures show economic recovery in third quarter of 2016

Published data shows that the GDP increased by 1.8% on an annual basis and a 0.8% on a quarterly basis.

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East Med pipeline: Opening new horizons for natural gas in SE Europe

The effort to produce natural gas from the major deposits of Eastern Mediterranean is now well underway, as Eni continues to develop the Zohr field in Egypt, Noble Energy advances Aphrodite in Cyprus and the Leviathan partners in Israel seek potential buyers. At the same time, Cyprus proceeds with its third licensing round, with its result expected to be announced before the end of this year.

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Greece: New budget predicts 2% GDP primary surplus in 2017

Budget provides a 2% GDP primary surplus for 2017, compared to the 1.75% target outlined in the bailout agreement.

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Romania’s huge EU funding net gain revealed

Romania’s contribution to the EU budget over the last decade only totalled €13 billion, according to the country’s very first European Commissioner.  Since the Eastern European country joined the bloc on 1 January 2007, Romania has received €39 billion, claimed presidential adviser and former Language Commissioner, Leonard Orban, at an event to mark ten years of Romanian membership today (23 November).

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Greece: Critical bailout review negotiations over the weekend

Primary surplus for 2018, collective dismissals and out-of-court settlement for businesses on the agenda.

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New energy strategy in Romania: Nuclear energy’s share will double by 2030

Romania’s Energy Ministry has launched into public debate the project on Romania’s energy strategy for 2016-2030.

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ECB reduces ELA ceiling for Greek banks to €50.9bn

Reduction reflects improvement of liquidity in Greece and stabilization of private sector deposits flows.

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Obama’s Greece Visit – Dancing around the Greek debt minefield

First and foremost it was a great relief to see U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew step off the plane and quietly slip into the Presidential super-limo in Athens November 15, while President Obama was left handling the airport arrival and protocol formalities with Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos. While Obama’s final overseas trip is well staffed, no other cabinet-level official is traveling with President Obama on this (first) stop, which tells you Washington clearly understood precisely what Greek Prime Minister Tsipras is looking for.

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Athens hopes Obama’s visit will pressure Germany over debt

The outgoing US President said he would press for “meaningful debt relief” in order to help Greece return to growth.

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Bulgaria-Romania gas interconnector pipeline finished

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov opened at a ceremony on November 11, 2016 the gas interconnector pipeline with Romania, describing it as a key step towards diversification of gas supply sources and strengthening Bulgaria’s energy security.

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