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A Year After Bailout Exit, Commission Says Greece Making Progress

The European Commission issued a statement, marking the one-year anniversary of Greece’s exit from a nearly eight-year-long aid program.

Greece Still Lags Behind EU Average in Online Payments

Despite the changing banking and purchasing landscape, Greeks are still not opting to make online transactions for their banking needs, a European Central Bank study reveals.

Ten Cities Competing for ‘2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism’ Title

Ten European cities have been shortlisted for the 2020 European Capital of Smart Tourism competition, an initiative that aims to promote smart tourism in the EU.

Eurobarometer: Greeks Not Very Positive About EU’s Future

Greeks are the least optimistic among member state residents about the future of the European Union, according to the latest Eurobarometer survey.

Economic Sentiment Rises in Greece in July

The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) for the month of July in Greece recorded a significant improvement, according to European Commission data.

Airbnb Follows the Rules and Improves the Way it Presents Offers to Consumers

Airbnb has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law.

Ursula von der Leyen Voted First Female European Commission President

Ursula von der Leyen steps in on November 1, as the new European Commission president and the first woman to take on the five-year position.

IOBE Scales Back Greek GDP Growth Outlook to 1.8%

The Greek economy is set to grow by 1.8 percent this year, the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (ΙΟΒΕ) said, revising downward its previous forecast.

Rhapsody Travel Receives ‘Travelife’ Certification for Sustainability

Rhapsody Travel has been honored with the Travelife Certified Award for its long-term commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

Greece Growth Still Laggard Among EU Members, Says Eurostat

Annual GDP growth in Greece slowed down in Q1 2019 compared to the previous three quarters, according to figures released by Eurostat.

EEA: Greek Beaches at the Top for Cleanliness and Quality

The majority of Greece’s swimming areas are clean and free of pollutants, according to the European Environment Agency (EEA) annual bathing water quality report.

European Travel Agents Charge IATA with Ticket Distribution Abuse

The European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Association (ECTAA) has lodged a complaint against IATA for restricting competition in the market for air ticket distribution.

Dozens of Greek Municipalities Secure WiFi4EU Funding

More than 200 municipalities across Greece have secured a total of 3 million euros for wireless broadband infrastructure, provided through EU’s WiFi4EU initiative.

Commission: EU-wide International Calls and SMS Getting Cheaper

The European Commission has introduced caps at 19 cents per minute and 6 cents per SMS on phone calls via landline and mobile phone or SMS within the EU.

IOBE: Risk of Economic Slowdown in Greece for 2019

If Greece fails to free up productive forces through structural reforms, there will be a quick return to recession, according to the IOBE think tank.

Car Rental in the EU More Transparent after Consumer Body Action

Six leading car rental services providers have moved ahead with changes to their pricing presentation for consumers to know what they are paying for.

Greek Gov’t to Name Financial Advisor for 23 Smaller Airport Projects 

The Greek Transport Ministry will name a financial advisor in the coming period to move ahead with the exploitation of 23 smaller airports across Greece.

EU’s ‘EDEN’ Ranks Patra 2nd for Social Media Outreach

Patra in Western Greece has been ranked second for the efficiency and success of its online communication strategy, according to an EDEN report.

Delphi Economic Forum 2019 to Focus on Int’l Growth Challenges

Over 500 leading personalities from 24 countries are expected to gather in Delphi during February 28 – March 2 to discuss on international politics, finance, culture and science.

ERA Urges for Action in Light of Continued Brexit Uncertainty

ERA continues to call for a wide-reaching reciprocal aviation agreement between the EU and the UK to prevent further serious harm to European connectivity.