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Moscovici: No More Bailout Plans for Greece, Just Supervision

Greece will leave bailout programs behind and move ahead with growth under surveillance, according to European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici.

EU Set to Suggest Mandatory Fingerprinting on All IDs

In efforts to tackle terrorism, the European Commission plans to table a proposal that all EU identification cards include fingerprinting.

Visa Program for Turkish Tourists to Greek Islands to Run in 2018

A visa facilitation program, which allows Turkish travelers and citizens of third countries to visit Eastern Aegean islands in Greece, will run in 2018.

EU Venture Capital Plan to ‘Lure’ Strong Startups

The European Union has announced the launch of a 2.1-billion-euro venture plan to boost investment in Europe's innovative startups.

EU Court Deals Ride-sharing Firm Uber Another Blow

The EU’s top court has ruled that France can press criminal charges against Uber's local managers for running an illegal taxi service.

‘Stayover Tax’ Charged to Short-day Hotel Stays in Greece

The "stayover tax" in Greece will also be charged to short-day hotel stays and overnights at Airbnb-style rentals that offer additional hospitality services.

Greek Archaeology Body Says ‘No’ to BBC Series Sounion Shoot

The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) has turned down a request by BBC to film its "The Little Drummer Girl” series at the Poseidon Temple in Sounion.

Regency Entertainment Scraps Entrance Fee to Casinos in Parnitha and Thessaloniki

Regency Entertainment is scrapping the entrance fee to the Regency Casino Mont Parnes and Regency Casino Thessaloniki in Greece.

EU Moves to Make Fairer Euro Transfers, Currency Conversions

The European Commission proposed legislation that will make cross-border payments in euros cheaper across the EU, aiming to facilitate trade.

Greek Tourism Body Hails New Labor Agreement

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) welcomed the national general labor agreement signed with the General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE).

Greek Federation of Enterprises Calls for Maritime Spatial Planning Framework

Despite boasting the world’s 9th largest coastline with 90% of its tourism and recreation business there, Greece lacks a maritime spatial planning framework, according to SEV.

GDPR: Greek Hotel Chamber to Help Members Prepare for Europe’s New Privacy Law

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels will carry out actions to provide help to its member hotels regarding the upcoming new privacy law, known as GDPR.

Piraeus Chamber Calls for Clear Taxation of Sea Transport

A rise in VAT on sea transport services will have serious repercussions on both the sector and the consumers, Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Vassilis Korkidis said.

Greece Clarifies When Airbnb-type Rentals are Subject to VAT

Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) has issued a circular that clarifies which properties rented for the short-term are subject to VAT.

EU Approves Post-Brexit Transition Plan

The leaders of 27 EU states approved a set of guidelines on key issues, paving the way for the next phase of Brexit negotiations.

EU’s PNR Directive Tightens Security for Travelers

The European Parliament and Council PNR (Passenger Name Record) Directive, being adopted across the EU, will require travelers to provide detailed personal information ahead of travel.

GDPR: What Greek Travel Agents Need to Know About EU’s New Privacy Law

A new privacy law, known as GDPR, will take effect across the EU, as of May 25, restricting how personal data is collected and handled.

EU Proposes Stronger Visa Policy for More Security

The European Commission has tabled a new proposal on visa procedures, ahead of a plan to update the Visa Information System (VIS).

EU Looks to Address Bad Loans with ‘Ambitious’ Plan

In efforts to reign in non-performing loans across the EU, the European Commission has announced a package of “ambitious” measures.

Greece Finalizes Airbnb Online Registration Platform

Property owners leasing their homes via Airbnb or other platforms will be required within the month to register all rental activity on an electronic registry.