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Greece to Hold Double Celebration on Europe Day 2017

On the occasion of Europe Day on May 9, the Greek Foreign Ministry and the European Commission Representation in Greece will hold a joint event in Athens.

EU Funds to Boost 2,000 Greek Businesses

A total of 420 million euros in funding is intended for some 2,000 Greek SMEs as part of the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.

EU Welcomes US, Canadian Travelers Visa-free

US and Canada nationals traveling to Europe will not need a visa due to the "significant progress achieved during the last year”, the European Commission said.

Commission Approves Visa Validation at E. Aegean Island Ports

A visa facilitation pilot program that allows non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit select Greek islands has been extended by one year.

Georgians Get Visa-free Travel Rights to EU

Georgia nationals can travel throughout the EU for 90 days without a visa, after the European Commission ratified the country's visa liberalization.

S. Aegean Governor Calls for Pilot Visa Plan to ‘Save’ Refugee-hit Isles

South Aegean Region Governor George Hadjimarkos has called for a pilot visa scheme that will allow residents from Iran, Russia and Turkey to travel to the Eastern Aegean islands.

Greek Mayors Call for Decongestion of Islands from Refugees

In view of the tourism season, the mayors of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros have requested the immediate decongestion of the islands from refugees.

Greece’s Refugee-flooded Island Mayors Call for Help

Mayors of Greek islands bearing the brunt of the ongoing refugee crisis, accompanied the EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on his recent visit to Lesvos.

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.

Non-EU Travellers May Have to Pay €5 Fee to Enter Schengen Zone

People from visa-waiver countries may have to pay a five-euro fee to obtain authorisation to enter the Schengen Area, according to the European Commission’s proposal, unveiled recently.

EU Migration Commissioner Avramopoulos: Turkey Making Progress

The European Union and Turkey are determined to work together to maintain the April agreement said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos from Ankara on Thursday.

Commission Supports Visa-free Travel for Turkey by June

Turkish nationals may finally see their dream come true and be able to travel throughout Europe visa-free by June this year after the European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for Turkey's citizens.

Greece Insists Hotspots Ready on Feb. 15, Kos Mayor Calls for Vote

Five screening centers on the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Kos and Leros, will be ready on February 15, to manage the registration procedure for the ever-growing number of refugees entering Europe through Greece, Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told European...

Refugee Crisis: Commission Aims for Schengen’s Normal Functioning in 2016

"In 2016 we need to return to Schengen's normal functioning", European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said following the weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners which focused on the refugee crisis. The commissioners decided that the Schengen's normal...

Tripoli Military Airfield To Operate As Civil Airport In 2015

As of next year the Civil Aviation Authority will have partial use of the military airfield in Tripoli (Peloponnese), Greece, to service passenger traffic, according to a joint ministerial decision signed by the ministers of Defense, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and Infrastructure,...
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Greece Reshuffles Government, Tourism Ministry Unaffected

Olga Kefalogianni was among the few untouched ministers and remained at her post as Tourism Minister on Monday, 24 June, following the cabinet reshuffle of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
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Greece To Launch Visa-Free Program For Turks Again This Year

Last summer’s visa facilitation pilot program that allowed non-European Union citizens from Turkish ports to visit five Greek Eastern Aegean islands without a visa from a Greek consulate will run again this year, according to Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.
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Greek Travel Agents Strengthen Ties With Turkey And Germany

A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the Hellenic Association of Travel & Tourist Agencies (HATTA) and Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) during the open session of HATTA's annual general assembly today, 27 March, in Athens.

Schengen Visas In The Spotlight

All consular authorities of Greece are instructed to extensively use all Schengen visa system facilities to issue visas without delay and with the minimum of formalities, Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said on Monday 10 September.

G20 Commits To Visa Issue, Greece Makes Proposals

“While recognizing the sovereign right of States to control the entry of foreign nationals, we will work towards developing travel facilitation initiatives in support of job creation, quality work, poverty reduction and global growth,” according to the Leaders’ Declaration from...