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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.

‘EU-China Tourism Year’ Initiative Brings Chinese Travelers to Europe

All the more Chinese travelers are putting European destinations at the top of their travel agendas for 2019, following the EU-China Tourism Year 2018 initiative.

EU Clarifies: Americans Can Still Visit Visa-free but Need Pre-Travel Screening

As of 2021, US travelers wishing to visit an EU country will be required to spend 10 minutes online applying for authorization under the EU’s security policy.

Delphi Forum 2019: Economic Growth, Social Cohesion a Must for Greece

Ways of achieving economic growth and ensuring equal opportunities for all, were discussed during the first day of the Delphi Economic Forum 2019, currently taking place in Delphi, central Greece. 

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.

European Destinations Prefer Quality Over Quantity, Says Report

Popular European cities are wooing more upmarket, niche and cultured travelers and fewer mass-market tourists, according to a report released by Euromonitor International.

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.

8th German-Greek Assembly Puts Spotlight on Greece’s Health Tourism

Greece’s health tourism product was highlighted during the 8th German-Greek Assembly held in Hersonissos on Crete.

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.

Eurostat: Small Enterprises Support Half of EU Workforce

Small enterprises in 2015 provided jobs for about 50 percent of the workforce in the European Union, according to data released by Eurostat.

DiscoverEU Offers Young People Travel Passes to Explore Europe this Summer

As part of the DiscoverEU program, the European Union is providing 15,000 young people with the opportunity to travel around the continent this summer.

Greece Among Top 5 European Countries with Excellent Bathing Water Quality

Greece is among the five European countries where 95 percent of bathing waters were assessed by the European Environment Agency as being of “excellent” quality.

Juncker Calls on Greeks to Persist for a Better Future

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during his visit to Athens expressed his support for Greece and optimism that better days are ahead.

GDPR: Greek Hotel Chamber to Help Members Prepare for Europe’s New Privacy Law

The Hellenic Chamber of Hotels will carry out actions to provide help to its member hotels regarding the upcoming new privacy law, known as GDPR.

EC Invites Municipalities to Apply for Free WiFi Hotspot Funding

The European Commission invites municipal authorities across Europe to apply for funding to build free wireless Internet hotspots in public spaces under its WiFi4EU program.

Volotea Closes 2017 as Fifth Most Punctual Low-cost Airline in Europe

Volotea was announced as the fifth most punctual low-cost airline in Europe for the month of December 2017, by FlightStats.

Greece Participates in Dialogue on Europe’s Tourism Strategy

Secretary General for Tourism Policy and Development Georgios Tziallas represented Greece in a high-level conference on Europe's tourism strategy in Brussels.

EU-Canada Trade Agreement Enters into Force

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada entered into force provisionally on September 21.

Juncker Says Greece the Greatest Challenge of his Political Career

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker admitted in Strasbourg on Wednesday that Greece was among the toughest issues on his agenda.

European Parliament OKs Funding for Free EU-wide WiFi

Free WiFi for all is set to hit the EU in 2018 after the European Parliament approved to release 120 million euros in funding for the WiFi4EU project.