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The National bank might be closed today because employees strike to “stand” with pensioners who are not receiving some benefits since November of last year.


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Pay for your plastic bag!

The end of a free plastic bag in Greece is near, finally. They are slowly fading out of our lives. On the first of January you pay 3 euro cents or more for each bag. Below is the article in Greek.


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It has probably been there for ages but just now we spotted the second ATM of the National Bank in the town. It is placed in the building of the KAPI, the municipality cafe along the harbor.

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New life

It is great to see that in many streets of the village of Skopelos new shops are arising and filling up the empty spaces that were there for a long time. The shops that were there before now have neighbours again. Take a walk in the village and dare to go higher up in the streets than you have been before. It’s good for your ankles and nice to see all the streets filled up. People are taking a chance again and believe, I think, that the new businesses will run well. We wish them all the best and have a great season!!

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New ATM’s

New ATM’s are being installed in Panormos, Near Swell bar and in the harbor . The organization that is installing them is Euronet. They will work from April to October in the future but are not operating just yet.


(Next to Swell cafe on the road to the monasteries)

(On the harbor front near Lemonis Travel agency)

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(cartoon; clipartix)

Greek finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos emerged from talks with the institutions at around 6 a.m. on Monday to announce that there had been an agreement between the various participants. The government has tried for many months to reach an agreement without going back on promises made when they were elected. The next step for the Greek government will be to complete the drafting of the relevant legislation so Parliament can approve the package of measures agreed between both parties. The measures have to do with pensions, personal income tax, privatizations, labor market reforms and public administration.

In the following months we will hear what the ins and outs of the measures will be although Skopelosnews got the impression that most of them will be taken in 2018 and later. The opposition parties have asked repeatedly for elections because they thought that an agreement could not be reached. Maybe now everybody can start thinking about how Greece can get a good start up with its economy and more people can get work again.

If you want to read the whole article about the agreement go to: Margopolis article

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Sadly, Alpha bank is closing it’s office on Skopelos from the 7th of April. Skopelosnews had heard the news from a reader but got confirmation this morning from the bank manager there. If you want to keep your account and do business you can go to the office in Skiathos which is located on the harbor front. As far as we know you can still take money from your bank account via the ATM’s on the island.

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