About: Panagiotis Lafazanis

Energy 13-06-2016

Greece says three parties interested in power grid operator stake

Greece has been approached by three parties interested in buying a minority stake in state-run power grid operator ADMIE, Energy Minister Panos Skourletis said in a newspaper interview released on 11 June.
Elections 03-09-2015

New Democracy overtakes Syriza ahead of 20 September election

Eighteen days ahead of snap elections, Greece's conservative opposition New Democracy party has for the first time taken a slender lead over the ruling left-wing Syriza, an opinion poll showed yesterday (2 September).
Elections 24-08-2015

Greek leftists to take government mandate amid early election row

A breakaway eurosceptic faction of Greece's Syriza party was to attempt to form a government Monday (24 August) as the country headed for a likely September 20 snap ballot.
Euro & Finance 16-07-2015

Greek parliament approves bailout

Greece's parliament passed sweeping austerity measures demanded by lenders to open talks on a new bailout package early Thursday (16 July), but dozens of hardliners in the ruling Syriza party deserted Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Euro & Finance 15-07-2015

Tsipras clashes with Syriza’s drachma supporters

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attacked radical members of his own party who oppose the deal for a third bailout, making it clear that a return to the drachma is not in the cards. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Euro & Finance 14-07-2015

Tsipras faces Syriza revolt

Greece's leftwing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces a showdown with rebels in his own party on Tuesday (14 July), furious at his capitulation to German demands for one of the most sweeping austerity packages ever demanded of a eurozone government.
Euro & Finance 11-07-2015

Tsipras wins backing for concessions, but faces rebellion in own camp

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from lawmakers today (11 July) for painful reform proposals aimed at obtaining a new international bailout, but he faced a rebellion in his own party that could threaten his majority in parliament.
Euro & Finance 10-07-2015

Greek parliament decides on Grexit tonight

A compromise for a third bailout, which would allow Greece, to stay in the eurozone, is within reach. It is now up to the Greek parliament to have the final word: if Greece stays in the euro, and in the Union, or if it leaves. The vote takes place tonight, 10 to 11 July.
Elections 10-07-2015

Ratification hurdles could sink new Greek bailout

Even if European governments agree to a comprehensive package for Greece at the extraordinary EU summit on Sunday (12 July), the bailout still has to be ratified by the German Bundestag as well as by the parliaments of Finland, Slovenia and Estonia.
Energy 19-06-2015

Commission unimpressed by Russia’s pipeline offensive

BREAKING / Russia and Greece signed a deal today (19 June) for a section of the Turkish Stream pipeline across Greece, and Gazprom announced plans to build two additional stretches to the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

EU deal puts Syriza’s unity to the test

A final deal between Athens and international lenders might be made by the end of June. But the terms may fracture the ruling Syriza party. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Energy 02-06-2015

Greece says financing agreed to extend Russian gas pipeline

The financing of the extension of a pipeline carrying Russian gas from Turkey to Greece has been secured and a deal could be signed this month, the Greek energy minister said Monday (1 June).
Transport 15-05-2015

Greece offers concession with sale of Piraeus port

Greece on Thursday (14 May) offered a concession to its international lenders by pushing ahead with the sale of its biggest port, Piraeus.
Azerbaijan 13-05-2015

US discourages Greece from Turkish Stream

The United States wants Greece to focus on the Western-backed TAP pipeline project rather than the rival Gazprom-favoured project Turkish Stream, a US special envoy said.
Energy 11-05-2015

The energy conundrum in Bulgaria and Greece

Bulgaria and Greece are hard nuts to crack when it comes to implementing EU energy legislation and integrating with the wider European energy market. These two countries illustrate the difficulties of building an Energy Union.
Energy 22-04-2015

Greece and Russia discuss pipeline deal

Greece held "constructive" talks with the head of Gazprom, in Athens yesterday (21 April), and hopes that the two sides will soon reach a deal on a pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Europe via its territory.
Trade & Society 17-04-2015

Greek industry puts hope in EU to ease the grip of national monopolies

Greece’s state electricity supplier should negotiate its tariffs and not impose them unilaterally, according to a European Commission decision that paves the way for a “new deal” on energy pricing in heavy industry.
Energy 20-03-2015

Athens opposes EU energy strategy, blocks privatisations

The Syriza-led government will be against an Energy Union that undermines Greece's national interests, including in its relations with Russia, said Greek energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, who also ruled out any privatisation schemes for the country’s energy sector.