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EU Makes Progress on Covid-19 Digital Certificate for Travel

EU ambassadors have agreed a mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament on the proposal for the Covid-19 Digital Green Certificate for travel.

MEPs Demand Visa-free Travel to US for All EU Citizens

MEPs have called for the 12-month suspension of the visa waiver for US nationals due to restrictions still imposed by the United States on four EU countries.

Rail Passenger Rights to Improve for Travelers in Europe

The European Union is looking to make rail travel more convenient and passenger-friendly, in particular for those with disabilities or reduced mobility.

EU Releases ‘Safe’ List of Nations Welcome for Tourism

Americans and Russians will not be able to visit any EU countries in the coming period, according to a “safe” list announced in Brussels, the EU’s headquarters.

Europe’s Lawmakers Want Stronger Actions to Rescue Tourism

European lawmakers have appealed for additional measures to salvage the EU’s tourism and travel sector.

European Parliament to Decide on the Stop of Ghost Flights

The European Parliament on March 26 will decide on the Commission's proposal to temporary waive the ‘use it or lose it’ airport slot rule in order to stop the so-called ghost flights.

Greece Looks to Improve Visa Processing Due to Rise in Demand

Τhe Greek government is looking to address the increased demand for traveler visas to Greece, mainly from Russia and China.

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.

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.

Poll: Greeks Say EU ‘Moving in the Wrong Direction’

Greeks appear to be wary of the EU, with the majority claiming it is “moving in the wrong direction", according to a poll by MRB.

Greece’s Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura Resigns to Run in European Elections

Elena Kountoura has resigned from her post as Greece's tourism minister, as she plans to run in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

Industry Stakeholders Call for Integrated European Tourism Policy

Tourism and travel bodies have appealed to EU authorities to move towards an integrated European tourism policy with strategic funding at EU level.

EU Lawmakers Agree to Limit Intra-Schengen Border Checks

EU lawmakers have agreed to restrict the initial period for border checks to two months, instead of the current six-month period.

European Parliament Improves Rail Passenger Rights Rules

The European Parliament has approved the update of rail passenger rights legislation, which includes higher compensation rates for delays and better assistance to people with disabilities.

Airlines to Provide Greek Police with Passenger Data as Greece Harmonizes with EU Rules

Airlines will be required to provide the Greek Police with data on passengers traveling into or out of Greece, as the country harmonizes with the EU’s PNR Directive.

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.

Foreign Investments May Soon Go Under EC Microscope

Foreign acquisitions and investments in a series of sectors, including media and technology, may soon go under the microscope of the European Commission.

Athens Hosts Discussion on Airbnb Phenomenon in Europe

Ways to regulate the home sharing market and deal with the issue of overtourism in European cities were discussed between the mayors of Athens, Santorini and Florence.

Aviation Industry Wary of Proposed Daylight Saving Time Change

A proposition to make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent is causing concern among aviation circles, which claim it will lead to disruption.

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.