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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Wed May 19, 2010 5:17 pm

[size=85:2oc5xooj]Sofia echo 19 May 2010

International trains between Bulgaria and Greece cancelled

Greece is poised for another general 24-hour strike on May 20 which will cause serious obstructions to transport with Bulgaria. Consequently, the Bulgarian State Rail Company (BDZ) said it will reschedule six international trains, a company media statement said on May 19 2010.

The international train from Bucharest bound for Thessaloníki via Sofia on May 19 will stop in Sofia. The following day, the morning of May 20, the same train, which is originally poised to travel from Thessaloníki to Bucharest, will depart for the Romanian capital from Sofia central station.

Meanwhile, trains on May 19 departing from Sofia to Athens, will stop in Thessaloníki. The following day, the service from Athens to Sofia will only be served from Thessaloníki, the report said.

Finally, four international trains, two in the morning and two in the afternoon on May 20 between Sofia and Thessaloníki, will be cancelled.

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All passengers who lost their tickets for the international trains will be reimbursed by BDZ,"
the statement said. Passengers will be able to receive their money back in full or reschedule for another date.

The new 24 hour strikes are set to take place in protest against Greece's acceptance of the first batch of a 110 billion euro loan to help it overcome its debt crisis. The European Union economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn said that the beleaguered state is poised to receive 20 billion euro on May 18.

The 20 billion injection is only a fraction of the 110 billion in total which will be given to Greece by the EU and the International Monetary Fund, in a deal which was agreed amid widespread public opposition, riots and chaos in the Greek capital Athens.

The rescue package for Athens was agreed earlier in May, as the Greek parliament approved tough new austerity measures to help curb its soaring debt and deficit as thousands of people demonstrated in Athens.

Because of the turmoil in the Balkan state, the European single currency fell to its lowest level against the dollar since 2006, amid concerns that debt problems will undermine Europe's recovery from the global economic crunch.

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PostSubject: 100,000 Tourists Reported Stranded in Greece   Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:07 pm

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100,000 Tourists Reported Stranded in Greece

A total of 100,000 tourists from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Macedonia, who are traveling by car, remain stranded in northern Greece because of the lorry drivers strike, according to reports.

Tourist agents complain that the image of the country has been dealt a serious blow and nearly 10% of the bookings have been canceled over the last two days.

The report comes just a day after the Greek government used a rare emergency order to force lorry drivers back to work following a three-day strike.

The government issued a rare emergency order to the owners and drivers of the trucks to return to work Thursday, saying they face severe penalties - including being stripped of their licenses - if they don't.

The strike has caused gas stations in Athens to run out of fuel, stranding people around the country, including many Greeks who leave for August vacation.

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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:56 pm

Bulgarian Trains Canceled Because of Strike in Greece

The international trains traveling between Bulgaria and Greece will be canceled on September 8-9 because of a strike in Greece on those dates.

Bulgaria's state railway company BDZ announced that the two daily trains running between the Bulgarian capital Sofia and the Greek city of Thessaloniki will run only in the section between Sofia and the Kulata border crossing point.

The passengers who decide to take these trains will be transported by bus between Kulata and Thessaloniki.

Over the past few months the Sofia-Thessaloniki trains have seen their schedule changed numerous times because of strikes in debt-ridden Greece.

In 2010, these occurred on July 8, June 29, May 19, May 3, and March 10.

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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:00 pm

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Bulgarian Trains Cancelled Because of Strike in Greece

The international trains traveling between Bulgaria and Greece will be canceled on September 14 because of a 24-hour strike in Greece on this day.

The train from Bucharest to Thessaloniki will travel only to Sofia. There, passengers who want to go to Kulata will be transferred to a train with two second-class wagons.

Due to the strike, the two morning and the two afternoon international trains, traveling from Sofia to Thessaloniki, will be canceled on Tuesday.

Bulgaria's state railway company BDZ has announced that they will refund the money of all the passenger who had already bought tickets for the canceled trains to Greece.

Over the past few months the Sofia-Thessaloniki trains have seen their schedule changed numerous times because of strikes in debt-ridden Greece.

In 2010, these occurred on September 8-9, July 8, June 29, May 19, May 3, and March 10.

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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:03 pm

Greek Strike Forces Changes in Bulgaria Train Schedule

The Bulgarian State Railroad company, BDZ, announced Monday temporary changes in the schedule of all international trains to and from Greece.

The changes are triggered by the 3-day strike in Greece – from Monday until September 29 - declared as protest against the austerity measures the county committed to in exchange for the bailout from the EU and IMF to rescue its crumbling economy.

On Monday and Tuesday, the international express train between Bucharest and Thessaloníki via Sofia will travel only to Sofia and will leave Tuesday morning for Bucharest. Passengers will be transported from and to Sofia and to and from Kulata cross-border point with Greece by buses.

The two morning and the two afternoon trains between Sofia and Thessaloníki are canceled.

BDZ reassures all passengers that their tickets will be reimbursed.

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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:00 am

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Strike in Greece to Blockade Regional Air Traffic

Greece's airspace will be closed from 2 pm until 6 pm (EET) on Thursday as a result of a strike of airtraffic controllers.

The temporary airspace closure is part of a 24-hour strike by Greek civil servants that will protest austerity measures introduced by the Greek government.

It will lead to the canceling of dozens of international flights on Thursday.

Civil servants union ADEDY says that civil servants and government officials lost 25% of their income in cuts introduced in the last 10 months, as cited by DPA.

Greece has committed to an austerity and reform program designed to reduce its staggering budget deficit in exchange for a EUR 110 B dollar bailout package from the EU and the IMF that helped it avoid bankruptcy in the spring.

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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:56 am

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Greek Strike Forces Cancellations in Bulgarian Train Schedule

The upcoming Greek strike has caused Bulgaria's BDZ to alter the train schedule on January 19 and 20.
The international passenger trains traveling between Bulgaria and Greece will be canceled Wednesday and Thursday, the Bulgarian State Railroad Company BDZ informs.

The change is caused by an effective strike of the Greek railroad workers.

In the evening, the two trains from Bucharest to Thessaloniki via Sofia will travel only to the Kulata cross-border point between Bulgaria and Greece.

Due to the strike, the two morning and the two afternoon international trains, traveling from Sofia to Thessaloniki, will be canceled.

Over the past year, the Sofia-Thessaloniki trains have seen their schedule changed numerous times because of strikes in debt-ridden Greece.

In 2010, these occurred on December 16, October 25-28, September 14, September 8-9, July 8, June 29, May 19, May 3, and March 10.

BDZ will reimburse all passengers who have already purchased tickets to Thessaloniki.


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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:37 pm

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Train links between Bulgaria and Greece face more disruption

International train connections between Bulgaria and Greece face renewed disruption because of industrial action south of the border, Bulgarian media reported on January 19 2011.

A 48-hour strike by train drivers employed by the debt-ridden Greek Railways Organisation (OSE) will halt all services nationwide on January 19-20.

The two morning trains between Sofia and Thessaloniki have been cancelled, while two evening trains from Bucharest to Thessaloniki will only travel to Sofia instead. The Bulgarian State Rail company will either reimburse all passengers affected, or rebook another date at their request, the report said.

Transport in Athens will also be affected. There will be no buses or trolley buses operating on January 19-20 between 11am and 3.30pm, as transport workers are protesting against the government’s plans to reform the sector, Greek media reported.
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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:29 am

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Greek Strike Forces Cancellations in Bulgarian Train Schedule

The upcoming Greek strike has caused Bulgaria's BDZ to alter the train schedule to Thessaloniki once again.
The latest effective 2-day strike of the Greek railroad workers has caused alterations in the schedule of trains traveling between Bulgaria and Greece, the Bulgarian State Railroad Company BDZ informs.

The two trains from Bucharest to Thessaloniki via Sofia will travel only to the Kulata cross-border point between Bulgaria and Greece. From there, passengers will be transported to Thessaloniki by buses.

Due to the strike, the two morning and the two afternoon international trains, traveling from Sofia to Thessaloniki, will be canceled Thursday.

Over the past year, the Sofia-Thessaloniki trains have seen their schedule changed numerous times because of strikes in debt-ridden Greece.

In 2010, these occurred on December 16, October 25-28, September 14, September 8-9, July 8, June 29, May 19, May 3, and March 10. In 2011 train schedules were changed on January 19 and 20.

BDZ will reimburse all passengers who have already purchased tickets to Thessaloniki.
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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:58 pm

Has anyone on the forum been affected by these strikes? Judging by all the reports, they seem set to go on for quite a while.
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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:10 pm

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Travellers Asked to Avoid Kulata Bulgaria-Greece Border Point




All those travelling to Greece Monday are advised by the Bulgarian border police to use the Ilinden-Exochi check border point between Bulgaria and Greece.

The recommendation stems from information from the Greek border authorities warning of a looming strike of Greek farmers in the vicinity of the Kulata-Promahon cross border point.

Farmers from the border Serres region are planning to block the Kulata-Thessaloniki-Athens road.

Also on Monday, the Interior Ministry informed there are temporary interruptions of traffic at Kulata-Promahon since about 130 protesting Greek farmers have blocked the checkpoint between 11 am and 12:30 pm. The border will open for just half hour between 12:30 and 1 pm and will remain closed until further notice.

Unlike previous blockades, the Greek farmers are not using machinery and equipment.

The Interior explain they will provide updates as soon as they receive new information from their Greek colleagues.

Last year, Bulgarian businesses reported a total of BGN 15.3 M in losses from the February 2010 border blockade by Greek farmers.

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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:18 pm

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Travellers Asked to Avoid Kulata Bulgaria-Greece Border Point




All those travelling to Greece Monday are advised by the Bulgarian border police to use the Ilinden-Exochi check border point between Bulgaria and Greece.

The recommendation stems from information from the Greek border authorities warning of a looming strike of Greek farmers in the vicinity of the Kulata-Promahon cross border point.

Farmers from the border Serres region are planning to block the Kulata-Thessaloniki-Athens road.

Also on Monday, the Interior Ministry informed there are temporary interruptions of traffic at Kulata-Promahon since about 130 protesting Greek farmers have blocked the checkpoint between 11 am and 12:30 pm. The border will open for just half hour between 12:30 and 1 pm and will remain closed until further notice.

Unlike previous blockades, the Greek farmers are not using machinery and equipment.

The Interior explain they will provide updates as soon as they receive new information from their Greek colleagues.

Last year, Bulgarian businesses reported a total of BGN 15.3 M in losses from the February 2010 border blockade by Greek farmers.

I wonder if these Greek strikes will ever end? Into the third month now, I believe. Something of an impasse with the Govt - they can't back down on the austerity measures because they'll lose EU support. On the other hand, it does seem to be hitting the ordinary Greek on the street very hard. But, won't they just make it harder on themselves if they continue striking all the time?
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PostSubject: Re: Greece strikes   Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:59 pm

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Bulgarian-Greek Border Closed Indefinitely over Protests

The Greek demonstrators, gathered at the Bulgarian-Greek cross border point of Kulata-Promahon, failed to adhere to their promise to lift their blockade at 3:30 pm.

A reporter of the Bulgarian news agency BGNES is quoted informing the border has been closed indefinitely, starting at 2:30 pm., and there is no guarantee whatsoever it would reopen at 6:30 pm as previously stated by the rally participants.

The demonstrators, about 200 Greek textile industry workers, not farmers, as reported earlier, have arrived at Kulata-Promahon at about 11 am Monday, making a human fence and closing the border for traffic for one hour. Then they reopened it for 30 minutes and closed it again for one hour.

The blockade is about 800 meters away from the border point, on Greek territory.

At 2 pm, when the blockade was last lifted about 100 trucks and about 50 cars were able to pass from the Greek side.

The Bulgarian traffic police, under an agreement with their Greek colleagues, are stopping all vehicles travelling to Greece.

The textile workers are from a nearby factory, which has been closed for two years. They demand their unpaid salaries and the State interference in reopening the business, and threaten to keep the blockade for a month.

BGNES cites unofficial reports that armed military in armoured vehicles are located nearby, ready to prevent a blockade similar to the one from one year ago when tractors and other farming machinery were used.

Last year, Bulgarian businesses reported a total of BGN 15.3 M in losses from the February 2010 border blockade by Greek farmers.

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