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Black List of Banned Airlines

The European Commission recently approved the eighth update of the ‘black list’ of airline companies that are banned from flying to European Union countries due to security issues.

EC Gives Airlines Six Months to Enforce Regulations

The European Commission has given airlines and member states six months to make the EC's new air passenger rights regulation work. It said it would provide airlines with full support in an effort to complete the process.

Visa Relief for Balkan Travel to EU

Visa facilitation and readmission agreements between the European Commission and three Balkan countries-Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro - was initialized last month.

Europeans Complain About Greek Tourism Services

Visitors to Greece and Greek consumers are increasingly voicing their complaints as data released last month showed the number of those grievances rose by 64 percent between 2005 and 2006.

EC Proposes Inclusion of Airlines in Emissions Trading

The European Union's Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said last month that a proposal will shortly be submitted to the European Commission (EC) that includes airlines in the EU's existing Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). This proposal, he continued, includes all airlines,...

Airline Association Unhappy with EU-U.S. Aviation Agreement

The European Union late last month reached a agreement that gives airlines greater freedom to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially lead to lower fares. While details of the pact were not released as we went to press, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from...

Environmental Protection of Mediterranean Sea Vital for Tourism

The European Commission proposed a long-term environmental strategy for cleaning up and protecting the Mediterranean Sea. This unique ecosystem, it said, is deteriorating as environmental pressures such as pollution and construction increase.

Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines Tie-Up

The European Commission recently granted regulatory approval for the tie-up of Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines.

Greece Stars At E.U. Awards

Greece was once again amongst the grand prize winners that received the "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/ Europa Nostra Award" for 2009 at the award ceremony that took place last month at the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily (Italy).

Lesvos Wins EDEN Award

Lesvos Island received the award for top sustainable tourism destination in Greece for 2009 in the European Commission's third "European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) project.

State Sells Olympic Airlines

Marfin Investment Group sealed a deal with the Greek government and will buy Olympic Airlines now that the European Commission gave the green light for the sale and a joint ministerial privatization committee approved the deal.

More Countries Join Schengen Area

On 21 December 2007, nine countries were inducted into the Schengen area thus facilitating travel within Europe and eradicating land and sea border control restrictions.

Tourism Development Ministry Participates in EDEN

The tourism development ministry announced it would take part in the European Commissions' "European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) pilot project for a second-year-running.

Aristotelis Thomopoulos

For the past four years Philoxenia has been developing to even greater status levels and to a stronger role in the wider region of southeastern Europe.

New EU Ruling Favors Disabled Airline Passengers

Disabled airline passengers and those with reduced mobility had their rights formally regulated last month after a EU proposal. According to the ruling, the responsibility for the care of disabled passengers will now be vested not with the airlines but with the airports who are...

EU Incentives for Regional Airports

The European Commission announced it encourages the development of regional airports and that it has adopted new rules that should encourage their development.

Tourism Key to EU Growth and Employment

Ministers and government representatives from the EU-25, the accession and candidate countries, EFTA/EEA and the Western Balkans met in Vienna last month for a European conference of tourism ministers.

EU Proposals Aimed at Reforming Aviation Law

The European Commission has prepared several proposals to reform the Single Market legislation for aviation introduced some ten years ago which gave airlines unrestricted market access and permitted them to set fares independently.

Time Is Running Out For Olympic Airways

Last month, the European Commission requested the European Court to impose penalties on Greece for non-compliance with the Commission's 2005 ruling that Olympic must repay illegal government subsidies of 161 million euros received from 1998 to 2002.

A Surprising Philoxenia

The amount of business done during Philoxenia, Greece's major tourism fair held last month in Thessaloniki, surprised most exhibitors this year. Another surprise was the traffic. Although it wasn't evident, Helexpo, the fair's organizer, said Philoxenia attracted 23,790...