Bomb blasts Hellenic Federation of Enterprises offices in Athens

A bomb exploded on Tuesday morning causing serious damages at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) offices in Athens.

The explosion occurred at 3:35 am at Xenofontos Street, next to Syntagma Square, and the noise was heard kilometers away. Several people called the police asking about the noise.

At 2:51 am, an anonymous person called Vima and Efimerida ton Syntakton newspapers and said: “A bomb has been placed at the SEV building on Xenofontos Street. There will be an explosion in 40 minutes. This is not a farce.”

Police and the fire department evacuated the area and cordoned off Xenofontos, Amalias and Filellinon streets before the blast. Police warned the guests of the hotel across the street to stay in their rooms.

According to police, the explosive device was of medium power and was in a rucksack placed near the entrance of the offices. No injuries are reported, but the damages were extensive due to the pressure wave and the fact that the building had a lot of glass surfaces.

So far, no organization has claimed responsibility for placing the explosive device. Investigations are ongoing.

source: greece.greekreporter.com, Philip Chrysopoulos -Nov 24, 2015

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SEV calls for Halkidiki mine talks

The president of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Theodoros Fessas, has launched an initiative to save Eldorado Gold’s investment in the Halkidiki gold mines, as part of the federation’s campaign to attract and support investments in the industrial sector.

On Monday the management of Eldorado Gold visited SEV’s headquarters upon Fessas’s invitation, providing information about its investment plans in northern Greece, as well as the situation at the Halkidiki gold mines following successive interventions by former environment minister Panayiotis Lafazanis and the current holder of the post, Panos Skourletis, and rulings by the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court.

The chief executive of Eldorado Gold, Paul Wright, informed SEV about the 1-billion-euro investment in Halkidiki, noting that the firm’s shareholders include a number of major fund management companies, such as BlackRock and Fidelity, that could attract more foreign direct investment to Greece if they saw the investment climate improving.

Fessas called for an open dialogue involving all sides at the Halkidiki gold mines “so as not to put one of the very few large-scale foreign investments today in Greece at risk.”

source: ekathimerini.com, 26/10/2015

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