Airport concession ruling imminent

first_imgThe Greek Parliament is expected to approve the concession contracts of 14 regional airports set to be operated and upgraded by the Fraport-led consortium, following the Orthodox Christian Easter weekend.According to a report in Kathimerini, the draft law is almost ready and expected to include two concession contracts, each referring to seven airports, in relation to the the tender that was proclaimed by state privatisation fund TAIPED.To have reached such an advanced level, the Greek government is believed to have secured the approval of the country’s Competition Commission, in addition to the opinion of European Commission competition authorities that the contracts do not constitute a state subsidy.With people of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other civil servants preventing Fraport officials from entering the airports, the biggest obstacles reported at the terminals of Thessaloniki and Cephalonia airports, passing of the law is expected to ease pressure. Questions have emerged, as to who is in fact backing those preventing the entry of Fraport officials to the Makedonia Airport.While in Cephalonia’s case, protesters appear to have been encouraged by a so-called referendum carried out by the head of the Ionian Islands’ Regional Authority on the concession of the airports. Though an online poll showed 75 per cent of voters were against the concession, it was noted than only 3 per cent of the region’s 200,000 registered voters took part. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Celebrating 14 years w

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterCelebrating 14 years work and heralding in a new era for chef Peter Gunn, his first restaurant Ides will open its doors mid March at 92 Smith Street, Collingwood, Melbourne.“I really like that danger zone, the risk of not planning a menu too much” explains Gunn, “and making dish decisions as last minute as possible so I can keep that energy in the menu. The success of the monthly dinners really gave me the confidence that I could run a permanent kitchen in this way. At Ides we want to deliver that same edge in our dishes, but this time not limited by the restrictions of a makeshift kitchen or dinning room.”Seating 36 guests Ides will open from Wednesday to Saturday dinner only. The single menu will offer six courses – four savoury and two sweet – with alternatives for dietary requirements. Working with acclaimed designer Grant Cheyne the restaurant interior has been created with a lot of imagination and a challenging limited budget. The result is a space whilst comfortable, remains connected to its urban location and energy from the kitchen. With a nod to its roots, Ides will also continue to challenge itself by introducing ‘One Day Sunday’– a selection of monthly dinners that will have no association with the restaurant, reinventing the whole venue and giving a totally different dining experience each month.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more