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Main Greek Court Says Shops to Stay Closed on Sundays

Greece's Council of State has ruled against a 2014 decision by the serving development minister to allow the optional operation of shops across Attica and elsewhere on random Sundays throughout the year.
Posted On 17 Jan 2017

Greece’s Steep Taxes, Tedious Bureaucracy Push Film Producers Away

High taxes and bureaucratic hurdles are still turning away international filmmakers who may want to carry out productions in Greece.
Posted On 16 Jan 2017

Amnesty Int’l Calls for Action, Refugees Held Hostage by Failed EU Policy

Amnesty International has launched an online campaign aiming to put pressure on the European Commission to ensure that refugees are moved off the Greek islands.
Posted On 13 Jan 2017

Greek Aegean Islet Plan Irks Turkey

The Turkish foreign ministry recently reacted to Greek government plans to make dozens of Greek islets in the Aegean inhabitable.
Posted On 13 Jan 2017

Parliament Approves MoU Between Greece and Egypt for Tourism Cooperation

The Greek parliament approved the draft law on "Ratification of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Greece and Egypt for cooperation in the field of tourism".
Posted On 12 Jan 2017

Greek Gov’t Planning Changes to Investor Visa Program

The Greek government is planning changes to the so-called golden visa program extended to foreign nationals investing in property in efforts to make it more attractive.

Application Deadline for Tourism, New Media Subsidies Jan. 31

January 31 is the deadline for all interested parties wishing to gain access to subsidies under the new development law estimated by the end of 2020 to distribute some 4.2-4.3 billion euros.

New Year Brings New Taxes to Greek Isles

If you're traveling to the Greek islands of Ios, Amorgos, Skopelos, Folegandros, Kythnos, Serifos, Sikinos, Anafi, Kimolos, Iraklia Donoussa Thirasia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia, then be ready to pay more for accommodation, fuel as well as basic food staples.

Greece Bets on Tourism, Ready for Challenges

Tourism professionals are seeing efforts pay off with data indicating a steady growth and plenty of room for improvement in 2017, according to the latest Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) data.

Embassy of Greece in Tehran: New e-Visa Service for Iranian Citizens

A new Visa e-Application & Appointment System site is available for Iranian passport holders to travel to Greece for business and tourism.
Posted On 27 Dec 2016

Greek Tourism Minister to Visit Tunisia in 2017

At the invitation of the Tunisian Tourism Minister Selma Elloumi Rekik, Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura will carry out a visit to Tunisia in 2017.
Posted On 23 Dec 2016

Greek Tourism Minister Calls For United Front

Greek Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura recently met with a cross-party group of MPs responsible for tourism to discuss challenges, issues and ways to enhance their cooperation towards bolstering the sector.
Posted On 22 Dec 2016

Greek Parliament Votes in Favor of Island VAT Exemptions

The Greek Parliament voted in favor of suspending a planned VAT increase on islands of the northern and eastern Aegean for 2017.
Posted On 22 Dec 2016

Which Greek Islands will be Exempt from VAT Hike?

A number of Greek islands are to be exempt from a planned value-added tax (VAT) increase as of January 1, 2017.
Posted On 20 Dec 2016

Greek Marina Pros Slam Talks of New Docking Tax

Proposals of a tax applicable on mooring at private marinas in Greece has professionals up in arms, claiming an added levy will lead to financial damage.

Greek PM Pledges Relief Measures for Island Communities

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pledged to upgrade infrastructure, redesign coastal shipping, enhance transportation, support agriculture and local production, and boost local entrepreneurship in efforts to improve the standard of living on Greek island communities.
Posted On 14 Dec 2016

Erdogan’s Tactics Throw Off EU Visa Waiver Talks

Turkey’s negotiating card - stemming the growing refugee influx from its shores into Greece and the EU in return for visa-free travel within the Schengen Area - seems to be losing ground as EU officials appeared divided on Tuesday, saying Turkey still had a long way to go.
Posted On 14 Dec 2016

Bill for Short-term Rentals Goes to Greek Parliament

A bill set to regulate an ever-growing shadow economy in Greece, resulting from short-term rentals of residential properties, was tabled in parliament.
Posted On 13 Dec 2016

Greece Sharing Economy Bill Set for Parliament

A bill expected - once passed into law - to regulate an ever-growing shadow economy in Greece, is set to be tabled in parliament in the upcoming period.
Posted On 12 Dec 2016

Commission Action Plan to Tackle Travel Document Fraud

In efforts to stem terrorism and organized crime and improve border protection and migration management, the European Commission has announced a new action plan aimed at enhancing the security of travel documents.
Posted On 09 Dec 2016