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Government Signs Legislation for National Aeronautical Supervisory Command

With the signing of a recent Presidential Decree, Greece can now create an independent National Aeronautical Supervisory Command. The pertinent decree, which allows for the organization, operation and staffing of the new command, was signed last month by the country's minister of...

Business Tourism Congress Held in Athens

Last month, the Second General Assembly and Annual Congress of the European Federation of the Associations of PCOs was held at the Helexpo Congress and Exhibition Centre in Athens.

World Tourism Day 2007 Focus on Women

On the occasion of World Tourism Day 2007 a think tank was hosted in Bentota (Sri Lanka) supported by the World Tourism Organization under the theme "Tourism Opening Doors for Women."

Tourism Professionals Against EU Directive on Services

The Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies last month expressed concern on how the European Union's Bolkestein directive, which is designed to open up the EU service sector, will impact the group's members.

EU Agrees to Share Air Passenger Information with USA

The European Union (EU) will sign a long-debated air passenger data transfer agreement with the United States despite opposition from the European Parliament (EP), said Jonathan Todd, a spokesman from the European Commission (EC), late last month.

Airlines Double Passenger Compensation

The European Union's transport council recently announced a decision to effectively double the compensation paid to passengers who are unable to be accommodated on the flights on which they are booked.

Possible Increase In Airline Passenger Compensation

The European Commission last month tabled a proposal that, if adopted, would oblige airlines to pay a hefty sum to passengers forced to miss their flights either through overbooking or cancellation.
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MEPS Vote On “Better Airports” Package

The European Parliament voted today, Wednesday, 12 December, on proposed measures to help increase the capacity of Europe's airports, reduce delays and improve the quality of services offered to passengers.
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Greek Cuisine Goes To European Parliament

Sixty Greek chefs will attend and present contemporary Greek cuisine and give MEPs in Brussels the chance to sample dishes with the finest local products at an event to be held in the European Parliament on Wednesday, 10 April.
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Greek Gastronomy Served At European Parliament

“We hope we will have the opportunity again to represent Greece’s gastronomy abroad,” the Chef's Club of Greece said following the presentation of the country’s cuisine at the European Parliament on 10 April.
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AEA To Address Key Passenger Rights Issues In European Parliament

The Association of European Airlines (AEA) and MEP Georges Bach will organize a debate where Members of the European Parliament and airlines will exchange their views on key passenger rights issues.

EU Votes To End Roaming Fees, Expand Consumer Rights

The European Parliament has voted to end roaming charges by Christmas 2015, as part of a wider vote in support of the Commission’s proposed regulation for a "Connected Continent" (telecoms single market).

Travel Package Directive: European Council Agrees on “General Approach”, Industry Professionals Express Concern

The Council of the European Union has agreed on a "general approach" for the reform of the Travel Package Directive, amending the European Commission’s earlier proposals. The "general approach" is on the basis of a compromise text prepared by the Italian Presidency.

European Parliament Extends Package Travel Protection to Online Services

In an unprecedented move earlier this month, the European Parliament and Council reached a deal which when put into effect will offer the same legal protection to online buyers putting together their own package holidays as it does to those purchasing from traditional tour operators.

EU to End Roaming Charges By June 2017

Roaming charges will cease to exist in the European Union as of June 15, 2017, according to a recent agreement between the European Parliament and the Council.

Roaming Charges to End in the EU by June 2017

A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the European Union will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to Internet access will become law following Parliament's final approval of the new telecoms package.

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.

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...

Visa-Free Travel for Turkey Still Depends on Met Criteria

Despite putting forth a demand in March that its nationals be allowed Schengen zone visa-free travel by June if it agreed to take back refugees from Greece, Turkey must still meet all 72 criteria for EU accession, the deputy head of the European Commission said in Brussels recently.

Commission Supports Visa-free Travel for Turkey by June

Turkish nationals may finally see their dream come true and be able to travel throughout Europe visa-free by June this year after the European Commission proposed lifting the visa requirements for Turkey's citizens.
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