Volunteer gardeners from countries around Europe visited Thessaloniki to help local urban planting initiatives set up help residents hit by the country’s financial crisis.
With Greece expecting to see the beginning of a recovery later this year, European Union officials said there’s no need for more worker layoffs.
While Greece is seemingly on the road to recovery, its economic outlook over the next decade has deteriorated, the European Commission said in a report on April 25.
There have been 20,210 protests since 2010 against austerity measures attached to two bailouts of 240 billion euros ($330.7 billion) Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias revealed.
Citing a primary surplus, Greece has requested relief from the 240 billion euros it owes international lenders, although what form that would take was unclear.
Reeling from criticism that austerity measures have left 20 percent of the population without health care Greece is moving to provide free drugs for the uninsured.
Greek Premier Antonis Samaras laid the strategy for a bond sale in a meeting in New York with Greek-American financier, Jamie Dimon, Chief Executive of JP Morgan Chase.
The European Union’s statistics agency ELSTAT said it manipulated data to show that Greece has a primary surplus of 1.5 billion euros when it has a deficit.
Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis says 1.9-2.4 million Greek citizens don’t have health insurance and the government doesn’t have 700 million euros to pay it.
The European Union says Greece has reached a major financial milestone that was required if it were to be granted more debt relief.