Greece's Aegean Airlines profit drops, cuts dividend



ATHENS, March 23 (Reuters) - Greece's largest airline Aegean reported a 53 percent

drop in 2016 net profit on Thursday, as a weak second quarter and higher value-
added tax (VAT) outweighed a rise in sales beyond the one billion euro mark.

Aegean Airlines said it made net earnings of 32.2 million euros ($34.8 million) last

year, down from 68.4 million in 2015. Group sales grew 4 percent to 1.02 billion


The company, a member of the Star Alliance airline group, said passenger numbers

grew 7 percent in 2016 to 12.5 million, with its load factor - a measure of how full its

planes are - improving by 0.6 percentage points to 77.4 percent.

"A particularly weak second quarter and the increase of VAT tax by 11 (percentage)

points had a negative impact on full-year results," Chief Executive Dimitris

Gerogiannis said in a statement.

"Adjustments to our network in the last quarter led to significantly higher load

factors, especially on flights abroad, and the trend is continuing in early 2017," he


Aegean, which flies a young fleet of 61 aircraft, mostly Airbus A320 jets, said its

board would propose a dividend per share of 0.4 euros, down from 0.7 euros on

2015 results.

 (Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Mark Potter)

'Britain in Europe' letter on EU citizens' rights in the UK
Λονδίνο 10.03.2017

Αγαπητά Μέλη και Εκπρόσωποι Ελληνικών και Ομογενειακών ΜΜΕ Βρετανίας

Συνεχίζοντας την ενημέρωσή σας μέσω του HAA-GB για τις ακαδημαϊκές και πολιτιστικές δραστηριότητες των συμπατριωτών συναδέλφων μας, που ανήκουν στο διδακτικό προσωπικό των βρετανικών πανεπιστημίων και στον ευρύτερο χώρο της διανόησης, παραθέτουμε παρακάτω σχετικές ανακοινώσεις.

Υπενθυμίζουμε ότι όλες τις ανακοινώσεις για τις δραστηριότητες των Ελλήνων καθηγητών στα βρετανικά πνευματικά ιδρύματα τις καταχωρούμε επίσης στην ιστοσελίδα του HAA-GB,


'Britain in Europe' letter on EU citizens' rights in the UK

"As you know, the House of Lords voted the amendment that would require the Government to recognise the rights of EU citizens in the UK. Two of the Peers who have introduced the amendment in the House of Lords, Baroness Hamwee and Lord Newby, responded very positively to our letter. Baroness Hamwee informed us that her intervention in the House of Lords was in full agreement with the key topics we had mentioned in our letter. Guardian's lead 'Brexit' correspondent also took an interest in our initiative."

For more information click here.


'Knowing Our Rights' with Martha Spurrier, Director of 'Liberty'

Britain in Europe is launching the 'Knowing Our Rights' project on Tuesday 14th March at 4.30 - 6.30pm with a keynote by the new Director of 'Liberty', Martha Spurrier.

For more information click here.


Royal Holloway, University of London, Hellenic Institute: Sixteenth Annual Hellenic Lecture "The Greek Communities in Turkey: Past, present and future"

After the Ottoman conquest of the Byzantine Empire, the Greek Orthodox communities of the Near and Middle East were accorded a certain level of ethno-religious autonomy by their Muslim rulers. With the establishment of the Turkish Republic in 1923, state policy towards these communities changed. In this lecture, Dr Alexandris will trace the history of the leading Greek communities of the Ottoman Empire and of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople during the transition to republican rule. He will also offer insights into more recent developments in Turkey and their impact on the long term future of the Greek Orthodox community of Istanbul, one of the oldest religious and ethnic minorities in a rapidly changing region.

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A Brunel University Law School/ BiE event addressing EU citizens' rights after Brexit


The Britain in Europe think tanks presents the launch of

‘Knowing Our Rights’ project

Martha Spurrier QC
Director of ‘Liberty’

Tuesday 14th March 2017
Brunel University London
Kingston Lane



The Britain in Europe and the Knowing Our Rights project held a very successful roundtable at the British Academy last week, on the question of Human Rights after Brexit, with leading academics and the leading legal commentator in the country, Joshua Rozenberg QC.


The video from the first part of the event, addressing the question of EU citizens' rights in the UK after Brexit, is available to watch on the BiE youtube page:


We hope you will also join us at 4.30pm Tuesday 14 March for the BiE launch of the ‘Knowing Our Rights’ project here at Brunel at 4.30pm for a special keynote from the new Director of ‘Liberty’, Martha Spurrier QC.

Martha's talk will shed light on the risks that Brexit presents for the protection of fundamental human rights in our country. Upon taking office at one of the most prominent human rights organisations in the UK, Martha is quoted as saying that 'human rights will be the fight of our generation'. She has since made halting the repeal of the Human Rights Act, and protecting the European Convention on Human Rights, her top priority, and she is leading on 'Liberty' work around immigration detention, hate crime and hostile environmental policies. Her talk at Brunel will expand upon all these critical human rights issues.

The ‘Knowing Our Rights’ research project aims to increase and deepen knowledge of the operation of the European Convention of Human Rights in the UK, ensuring, in particular, that the British public obtains a balanced, research-based view of key rights in the Convention. The project is funded by the Open Society Initiative for Europe and the Open Society Foundations.


Welcome and launch of 'Knowing our Rights' project

Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos
Professor Julian Petley


Screening of 'Knowing our Rights' video


Keynote: Martha Spurrier QC


Q & A


Refreshments and Networking


Do hope you will join us! Please register your place HERE.


Best wishes,




Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos LLB (Athens), LLM (Athens), LLM (Aix-Marseille), MPhil (Brunel), PhD (Sorbonne Law School)

College Associate Dean (Student Welfare), Brunel University London

Director, Britain in Europe Research Centre

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Academic Fellow, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


Brunel University London

College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences



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