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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 Aviation Relations Strengthen with New Agreements

The EU and China have signed two aviation agreements that are expected to create jobs, boost growth and bring the continents and peoples closer together.

It’s a Deal: EU Leaders Give Brexit Green Light

After 20 months of negotiations, the leaders of 27 EU countries approved in Brussels, on Sunday, Britain’s decision to exit the Union on 29 March 2019.

Five Greek Islands Continue to Pay Lower VAT Due to Refugee Situation

The five Aegean islands - Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Leros - that have received the main burden of refugee flows in Greece, will maintain their special value-added tax (VAT) status.

Juncker: EU Should Avoid Mistakes Made in Greece for Italy

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is calling on the EU to avoid the same mistakes it made in the Greece debt crisis in the case of Italy.

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.

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.

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.

Commission Urged to Adopt a European Tourism Strategy

Tourism industry professionals, MEPs and regional authorities are urging the European Commission to adopt a comprehensive European tourism strategy.

European Commission Outlines 5 Scenarios for Future of the EU

The European Commission on Wednesday presented a White Paper that outlines five possible paths for the EU to take in the coming years.

UNWTO Welcomes EU-China Year of Tourism

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai recently welcomed the forthcoming 2018 EU-China Year of Tourism.

EU, Canada Agree on Free Trade, Sign Deal

A free trade deal between the EU and Canada set to create jobs and boost growth was inked on Sunday. Known as CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, paves the way for the majority of import duties to be removed early next year.

EU Eyes Giving Free Interrail Passes to Teens Turning 18

In efforts to bring European youth closer to each other, offer them a chance to discover the continent’s diversity and instil a “sense of belonging”, the European Parliament will this week discuss plans to hand out free Interrail passes to EU residents on their 18th birthday.

Greek Gov’t Welcomes Juncker’s Pledge for United Europe

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s call for a united Europe; one that is fair, tolerant and safe, was warmly received by the Greek government this week.

Kountoura to Represent Greece at St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia

Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas will represent the Greek Government at the 20th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) that will take place June 16-18 in Russia.

European Private Entrepreneurs in Tourism Call for Policies that Foster Industry’s Competitiveness

Unless Europe is competitive in terms of tax and regulatory regime, destination appeal, perceptions of value and visa facilitation, its tourism growth will continue to lose out, according to NET, the Network for the European Private Sector in Tourism.

European Commission Mobilises More Than €35 Billion From EU Budget for Greece

Two days after an agreement paving the way for a new support program for Greece, the European Commission revealed plans on Wednesday to help the country maximise its use of EU funds.

Eurozone Leaders Reach Agreement on Greece

“EuroSummit has unanimously reached agreement. All ready to go for ESM program for Greece with serious reforms and financial support”, EU President Donald Tusk tweeted on Monday morning after marathon talks over a third bailout for Greece.