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Greece Calls Off ID Card Competition, Relaunches Citizen Card Tender

Greece’s citizen protection ministry has called off tender for the issue of new IDs, saying it will relaunch a competition for securer cards.

EU Lawmakers Vote for Securer ID Cards for All States

In efforts to boost border safety, EU lawmakers have approved new rules aimed at establishing a uniform identity card format across all member states.

Visa Waiver for Five Countries on EU-US Agenda of Talks

A transatlantic dispute which does not allow nationals of five EU countries to enter the US without a visa, was recently on the agenda of talks between EU and US ministers.

EU Lawmakers Adopt ‘ETIAS’ Travel Authorization System

The European Parliament approved the establishment of ETIAS, an EU regulation that will include advanced checks to visa-exempt third-country nationals traveling to the Schengen area.

EU Extends Extra Emergency Aid to Greece, Spain for Refugees

The European Commission has announced that Greece and Spain will get an additional 45.6 million euros in emergency aid in order to address refugee flows.

European Commission Suggests Visa System Update in View of Refugee Flows

In view of increasing refugee flows, the European Commission is proposing an upgrade to its Visa Information System (VIS).

Greece in Top 5 Schengen Countries Issuing Short-stay Visas

Greece is ranked fifth among 10 Schengen countries that received the most short-stay visa applications in 2017 after France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

NBG – EIF Deals Secure €640 Million for Greek Businesses

Some 5,000 small businesses, startups and mid‑sized enterprises in Greece will gain access to 640 million euros in loans at favorable terms, following three deals signed between EIF and NBG.

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 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).

Debt Crisis a Real Enemy for Eurozone, Says Hellenic Republic President

Eurozone's real enemy is the debt crisis, President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos said during the opening ceremony of the Delphi Economic Forum 2018.

SETE Empowers Greek Tourism in Brussels

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) recently visited Europe’s decision-making center, Brussels, to highlight the significance of Greek tourism.

SETE in Brussels – Greek Tourism ‘Speaks Out’ in European Parliament

The European Parliament on Tuesday was informed of the strength, resilience and prospects of Greek tourism, as well as the challenges impending its future.

Interview – Yiannis Retsos: SETE will Give Greek Tourism a Voice in Brussels

SETE President Yiannis Retsos is setting the bar high and moving beyond Greek borders to highlight the importance of Greek tourism.

SETE Lists Basic Requirements for Greek Tourism’s Full Potential to Unfold

The Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE) has listed basic requirements that need to be met in order for the tourism sector's full potential to unfold.

SETE Chief Meets EU’s Moscovici, Highlights Importance of Greek Tourism

Greek Tourism Confederation President Yiannis Retsos held a meeting in Athens with European Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici.

Schengen Zone Airport Checks Legal, Biometric IDs a Requirement

European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos recently stated that Schengen zone checks were both legal and carried out in most countries regularly.

Tusk’s Migrant Quota Action Causes EU Rift, Reactions

A move by European Council President Donald Tusk to review the mechanism of mandatory quotas for the redistribution of asylum seekers has created a stir in the EU.

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.