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WWF: Greece Still Needs to Work on Plastic-free Actions

Greece produces 700,000 tons of plastic waste annually - 68 kilos per person - with some 11,500 finding their way into Greek seas, according to a WWF report.

Greek Island Paros Steps Up Plastic-free Efforts

Paros has joined a number of other Greek islands in implementing measures to do away with plastic trash in tune with EU targets.

EU Tackles Marine Pollution, Bans 10 Single-use Plastic Items

In view of dangerously increasing pollution of waters and beaches across its territories, the EU has approved a law that bans a wide range of single-use plastic items.

Ten Single-use Plastics on EU Black List

In efforts to preserve waters and beaches across its territories, the European Union is aiming to cut the use of plastics with a new proposed EU-wide regulation.

Queen Rania of Jordan to Visit Lesvos, Raise Plight of Refugees

Known for her humanitarian work, Queen Rania of Jordan is next on the list of international influencers visiting Greece in efforts to raise awareness about the ongoing refugee crisis in the Aegean.

PPP in Tourism to Boost Growth, Create Jobs in Europe

Public and private tourism players have joined forces for the first time and are calling on the European Union to do more for the growth of the sector through the “Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto”.

EU vs Greece, Italy, Croatia over Failed Refugee Registration

The EU said it is taking legal action against three member states for failing to register the thousands of migrants entering Europe through their borders.

Fear of Terror Prompts EU to Agree on Sharing PNR Data

The European Council and EU governments agreed last week to a provisional proposal for a directive that will once in effect oblige airlines to hand over their passengers’ data to EU countries upon arrival or departure in order to help authorities fight terrorism and serious...

EU Talks on Use of Passenger Data to Tackle Terrorism Underway

Negotiations over a proposal that would oblige airlines to hand over their passengers’ data to EU countries in order to help authorities fight terrorism and serious transnational crime are currently underway between EU bodies with an agreement expected by the end of the month.

Europe Online Consumers Lack Trust, Prefer Buying from Home

Consumers in Europe seem weary of buying online from businesses based in other EU countries, according to the 2015 edition of the Consumer Scoreboard released last week.

Lufthansa Group Introduces Booking Fee On Tickets Booked Via GDS

As of Tuesday, September 1, all airline tickets issued by a booking channel using global distribution systems (GDS) for flights with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Swiss, will include a new “distribution cost charge” (DCC) of 16 euros.

ECTAA Files Formal Complaint Against Lufthansa AG on 16-euro GDS Charge

The Group of national travel agents' and tour operators' associations within the EU (ECTAA) on Friday filed a formal complaint with the EU Commission - Directorate General for Mobility & Transport against Lufthansa Group concerning the announced new Distribution Cost Charge (DCC).

Faliro Delta Revamp Project Awaits Decision

The infrastructure ministry is expected to decide on the future of planned projects along the Faliro coast, which include the completion of the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, in the coming days.

Panepistimiou Ave, Faliro Coast Projects Shelved, Despite Minister’s Assurances

Plans to revamp central Panepistimiou Avenue as well as the property along the Faliro coast have been shelved despite Infrastructure Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis’ assurances in November that the projects were going ahead as scheduled.

Athens Projects Moving Ahead as Planned, Minister Says

Plans to revamp Panepistimiou Ave as well as the property along the Faliro coast will continue as scheduled, Infrastructure minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said recently.

Major Works in Greece Hit Roadblock

An eight-billion-euro project to develop Hellenikon, Athens’ former airport complex, into a metropolitan park seems to have hit a wall, according to Greek media reports, with the Attica Prefecture appealing the Greek state privatization fund TAIPED decision to ink a deal with...