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Piraeus Named ‘URBACT Good Practice City’ for Blue Growth Initiative

Piraeus in Greece recently received the title of “URBACT Good Practice City” by URBACT, the EU learning and exchange program for cities.

Health Tourism Tops Greek Tourism Ministry’s Agenda

New investments and infrastructure works regarding the development of health, wellness and thermal tourism are included in the Tourism Ministry's agenda.

Greek Government Seeks to Upgrade 23 Airports via PPPs

The Greek government aims to prompt public-private partnerships (PPPs) towards the upgrade and modernization of 23 regional airports.

Commission Facilitates State Investment in Ports, Airports with Simpler Rules

The European Commission has simplified rules on state aid in order to facilitate public investments in airports and ports towards job creation and growth.

Study Reveals European Youth Skeptical of EU and Democracy

For most young Europeans, the European Union is more of an economic alliance rather than an institution of shared values, while some believe their country should leave the EU, a study said.

United Front Against Migrant Crisis or Face Consequences, Greek PM Warns UNGA

The refugee crisis is a problem that affects every nation and as such should be dealt with in a coordinated and united matter, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the 71st United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

UK Votes EU Away, Fears of Domino Effect Linger

Europe appears to be shocked at the decision of UK citizens to leave the EU voting by 51.9 percent for an exit while conservative parties across the 28-member bloc are now calling for referendums in their countries placing European unity at risk.
Posted On 24 Jun 2016

Greece Says Refugee ‘Hotspots’, Relocation Centers to be Set Up Promptly

The Greek government said on Sunday that it would move faster to complete five hotspots on the islands bearing the brunt of incoming refugees and two relocation camps on the mainland, with the defense ministry stepping in to ensure they are set up in two weeks’ time.
Posted On 01 Feb 2016

EU, Turkey Take Step Towards Visa-Free Travel

The European Union took steps on Wednesday (4 December) towards lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens, in a move underscoring a new thaw in relations between Ankara and the 28-member bloc.
Posted On 05 Dec 2013

Fish Tourism Initiative Taken

The Municipality of Avdiron (south of Xanthi) organized its first fish tourism conference and implemented the first pilot program of fish tourism in Greece within the framework of the “Fish Tourism” plan.

Airline Association Unhappy with EU-U.S. Aviation Agreement

The European Union late last month reached a agreement that gives airlines greater freedom to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially lead to lower fares. While details of the pact were not released as we went to press, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from...
Posted On 01 Apr 2007

New Airline Security Measures

Last month, the European Union's new security rules regarding the amounts of liquids and semi-liquids passengers can take through security checkpoints and on airplanes took effect for all passengers and flights departing from or in transit in the airports of the EU, Iceland,...
Posted On 01 Dec 2006

Time Is Running Out For Olympic Airways

Last month, the European Commission requested the European Court to impose penalties on Greece for non-compliance with the Commission's 2005 ruling that Olympic must repay illegal government subsidies of 161 million euros received from 1998 to 2002.
Posted On 01 Nov 2006

EU Will Revisit Aviation Security Measures

In response to last month's foiled terrorist plot to bomb transatlantic flights departing from London, an emergency meeting was held between UK Home Secretary John Reid and EU ministers from Finland (now holding EU presidency), France, Germany, Portugal and Slovenia, which hold...
Posted On 01 Sep 2006

New Legislation May Force Increase in Ferry Tickets

Ferry ticket prices are likely to increase by at least eight percent shortly due to a European Union directive that requires companies to switch to a more environmentally friendly fuel, according to press reports.
Posted On 01 Sep 2006

EU Proposals Aimed at Reforming Aviation Law

The European Commission has prepared several proposals to reform the Single Market legislation for aviation introduced some ten years ago which gave airlines unrestricted market access and permitted them to set fares independently.
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

Cultural Tourism Network for the Mediterranean

Creating a network of culture and tourism in the Mediterranean region is a focus of the EU's Daedalus project presented last month by Agrotouristiki SA to tourism ministry staff and travel agency and hotel representatives. The three-year project, with a 2.5 million euro budget,...
Posted On 01 Aug 2006

Arab-Hellenic Trade Relations Forum Set for September

The first forum, "Historic Relations and New Horizons for Cooperation," is being organized for September 14 and 15 by the Arab-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce & Development, and will be held in Athens.
Posted On 01 Jul 2006

Tourism Key to EU Growth and Employment

Ministers and government representatives from the EU-25, the accession and candidate countries, EFTA/EEA and the Western Balkans met in Vienna last month for a European conference of tourism ministers.
Posted On 01 May 2006

Difficulties in Establishing a New Olympic Airlines

As we go to press, negotiation meetings to determine the future of Olympic Airlines continue. The EU gave the government until the end of March to develop a plan for liquidating the airline, and a business plan for the new company with private capital for funding.
Posted On 01 Apr 2006