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Pending Waterway Bill Tabled in Greek Parliament

A draft law foreseeing the establishment of waterways in Greece, set to pave the way for the operation of seaplane flights as early as 2020 across the country has been tabled in parliament this week awaiting ratification.

Among others, the bill, which went up for public consultation last month simplifies licensing procedures for the establishment and operation of waterways and introduces other provisions including granting permits to private entities and establishing a committee for waterway inspections.

The proposed legislation also foresees a 10-euro waterway operation surcharge per passenger and sanctions granting waterway permits to tourist ports (marinas, shelters and berths), to areas of “integrated tourism development”, and to complex-style tourist accommodation facilities.

Hellenic Parliament
Photo © Hellenic Parliament / Aliki Eleftheriou

Additionally, according to the draft, certified Greek and foreign bodies will be able to provide training to staff, previously undertaken exclusively by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority.

A lacking legal framework has delayed dozens of waterway projects across Greece for almost a decade. There are currently three licensed waterway projects in Greece, those of PatraCorfu and Paxi.

The two companies seeking to get the waterway networks up and running are investors Hellenic Seaplanes and Water Airports SA.

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Chicago-born and raised, Maria Paravantes has over two decades of journalistic experience covering tourism and travel, gastronomy, arts, music and culture, economy and finance, politics, health and social issues for international press and media. She has worked for Reuters, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, Billboard Magazine, Time Out Athens, the Athens News, Odyssey Magazine and, among others. She has also served as Special Advisor to Greece’s minister of Foreign Affairs, and to the mayor of Athens on international press and media issues. Maria is currently a reporter, content and features writer for GTP Headlines.
  1. Emily Giannias Reply

    thank you

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