Poverty rate rises in 2021; even after social transfers 1 in 4 children are at risk
The latest living conditions published by ELSTAT on Friday shows that poverty resumed an upward trend in 2021 after a series of declines that started in 2014, with 2020 marking the most recent annual low.
From the National Energy and Climate Plan to COP26: What has Greek climate policy learned?
A lot has happened in the two years since Kyriakos Mitsotakis, freshly elected as Greek PM, took to the stage at the UN General Assembly in 2019 to launch “a new, ambitious, national strategy on energy and climate change” for Greece, a strategy which was outlined and quantified in the National Energy and Climate Plan adopted a few months later.
Impact of pandemic, lockdowns reflected in lower household spending during 2020
The household budget survey published on Wednesday by ELSTAT captures the effect that the pandemic and the lockdown restrictions had on Greek household spending in 2020.
Short-term fix for electricity bills leaves open questions for green transition strategy
Greek households are being warned about the possibility of steep hikes in their electricity bills this winter, as the government scrambles to cushion the effects of inflation across a range of basic goods.
Politicians have commissioned, and largely ignored, multiple reports on wildfires
In February 2019, the then leader of the opposition Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed the publication of an expert committee report on the management of forest fires in Greece, calling its recommendations “a blueprint for the steps we will follow”.
Greece falls behind on gender equality due to drop in political empowerment
Greece has been singled out for its poor performance in the global rankings of the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2021 Global Gender Gap Report.
New development law chips away at Greece's Natura 2000 regime
Controversial legislation passed by the Greek Parliament contains a provision which could open the door to commercial exploitation of parts of the Natura 2000 network, in contravention of EU legislation.
Public sector staff trends survive MoU exit, change of government
The latest figures from Greece’s public sector staff census show a continuation of the trends established during the latter part of the country’s financial crisis. While the numbers of permanent staff in the public sector remain static or slightly reduced compared to previous years, there have been steady increases in other categories, including temporary contract staff.
Greeks see corruption as rife, going unpunished in new survey
A survey by polling company Public Issue has delved into the attitudes of Greeks towards corruption and found a pessimistic outlook.
Greece persistently bottom of the list for EU gender equality
The latest report by the European Institute on Gender Equality (EIGE) for 2020 has shown that Greece continues to be at the bottom of the list for 28 EU countries in terms of gender equality.