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Greece Still Lagging Behind in Implementation of Open Data Program

Despite launching its Diavgeia open data program in 2010, Greece is still lagging behind in readiness, implementation and impact of open data practices.

Report: EU Golden Visa Schemes Facilitating Shady Practices

The so-called golden visas have been found to be paving the way for criminal activity, according to a report released by Transparency International and Global Witness.

Greece’s 4th Thermal Medicine Meet Urges Creation of Natural Springs Network

Ways to tap into Greece’s thermal springs for the development of health and wellness tourism were discussed during the 4th Panhellenic Congress of Thermal Medicine held in Kammena Vourla.

Greek Yachting Tourism Bodies Urge PM to Annul New Taxation Regulation

Greece’s yachting tourism professionals are calling for the annulment of a decision that does away with tax-deductibles concerning recreational watercraft. 

Greek Small Hospitality Business Owners Call on PM to Ensure Fair Play

Greek small hospitality business owners are calling on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to take action that guarantees fair play as the home-sharing sector grows.

Aviation Industry Wary of Proposed Daylight Saving Time Change

A proposition to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent is causing concern among aviation circles, which claim it will lead to disruption.

Circular Foresees Weight Limits for Santorini Donkey Rides

In efforts to protect Santorini's donkeys, the ministry issued a directive prohibiting the transport of "heavy" tourists up the island's steep inclines.

ABTA: Refunds for Cancelled Trips Due to Brexit, but No Compensation

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has confirmed that travelers will be entitled to a full refund should their holidays be cancelled due to Brexit.

No More Free UK Entry to EU Residents, Priority on Skilled Workers

European Union citizens will no longer enjoy preferential immigration status after Brexit on 29 March 2019, while priority will be given to skilled workers.

EU Adopts New Controls on Cash Entering or Leaving Union

The Council of the European Union has adopted a regulation aimed at improving controls on cash entering or leaving the EU.

Greece Lifts Cash Withdrawal Restrictions

Bank account holders in Greece are now free to withdraw any amount of cash from ATM machines and banks, following a Finance Ministry announcement.

Amended EU Copyright Law Approved, Internet Firms ‘Disappointed’

EU lawmakers recently approved a revised version of a copyright law which will require websites to scan all posts for copyright violations via filter.

EU Aviation Braces for No-deal Brexit as UK Issues Technical Notices

As the date of Britain’s exit from the European Union draws near, uncertainty grows surrounding the future of aviation.

Greece Still Slow to Achieve EU 2020 Recycling Target

Greece is among 14 EU member states at risk of missing the 2020 recycling target of 50 percent, according to a report published by the European Commission.

Airbnb Agrees to Comply With EU Consumer Legislation by Year End

Airbnb has agreed to harmonize certain terms and pricing policies with European Union consumer rules across all of its EU sites until the end of the year.

SETE Chief: Regulation Vital for Short-term Rental Market in Greece

Regulation of the short-term rental market in Greece is key to maintaining balance in the tourism sector, according to SETE President Yiannis Retsos.

Q&A on Short-term Leasing in Greece

Questions and Answers (Q&A) for property owners interested in leasing their homes for short-term accommodation purposes via online sharing platforms, such as Airbnb.

Greek Economy Ministry Triples Funding for SMEs in Tourism

Greek small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) active in tourism will be able to tap into additional subsidies after the economy ministry announced that it was increasing funding.

Turkey’s High Court Rejects Plea to Turn Hagia Sophia into Mosque

Turkey’s High Court has ruled that the former Greek Orthodox church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul cannot be used as a mosque and will remain a museum.

Greek Hoteliers Call on Minister to Address Vacation Rentals Law Omissions 

The Hellenic Federation of Hoteliers (POX) is calling on the government to re-examine the legal framework covering short-term vacation rentals.