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Lower VAT rate extended until June 2021 for five Greek islands

A special lower VAT rate for islands coping with the migration crisis has been extended until June 2021 for the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Leros, and Kos, the government announced on Friday, according to ANA. This was based on the relevant Joint Ministerial Decision (JMD) and the figures (the average number of people housed in refugee and migrant camps) for 2019-2020 when the repercussions of the migration crisis continued to apply, the migration and asylum ministry noted.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Health Minister: Greece facing the biggest challenge in its recent history

"Vaccination is part of the solution and is obviously our most important weapon in the creation of a 'wall' of immunity against the coronavirus," stated Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias in an article in the Greek newspaper 'Ta Nea' on Friday, ANA reports. "This winter we face the greatest challenge in our recent history. Greece has never been saved by a surfeit of words. It has been saved and will once again be saved by courageous decisions and major actions," he noted. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Energy autonomy program for Astypalea island enters implementation phase

The pilot programme for the zero-carbon electrification and energy autonomy of the island of Astypalea is actively entering the implementation phase, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Costas Fragogiannis said on Friday, in an interview with the state broadcaster ERT1, ANA reports. Fragogiannis has been on the island since Thursday, escorted by officials from the four Greek ministries involved and four senior executives from the car manufacturer Volkswagen. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Asiomou Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Minister: This Christmas must be a time of empathy and solidarity

"Now in December we must make an effort and avoid celebrating together as we used to do....Our struggle is also spiritual because it calls for empathy, resignation, and solidarity," stated Citizen Protection Minister Michalis Chrisochoidis in statements made in the central Greek city of Volos on Wednesday, according to ANA. Chrisochoidis was speaking following a meeting held at the Volos Town Hall ahead of the celebration of St. Nicholas, the city's patron saint, and the Christmas holidays.  RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Pitichinaccio Let's block ads! (Why?)

Minister: Goal is to use video conferencing for citizen-state interactions in Greece

"Our goal is to put video conferencing in our lives for the citizens' interactions with the state," Minister of Digital Governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis said on Wednesday, at the conference of the Panhellenic Association of Exporters, according to ANA. Pierrakakis noted that "we believe in the openness of Greek companies," and underlined the cooperation with other ministries "so that we can change the way [things are done], so there are convenience, flexibility, and speed in terms of contact between citizens, entrepreneurs and the state." RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Victorgrigas Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Foreign Minister meets Egyptian Ambassador in Athens

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with the Egyptian Ambassador in Athens Ismail Ahmed Khairat on Wednesday. The meeting focused on the constant bolstering of Greek-Egyptian relations and the countries' close cooperation for the promotion of regional stability, according to a foreign ministry post on Twitter. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: A.Savin  Let's block ads! (Why?)

20% Germans returning home from ‘Covid-19’ countries use false names in forms

Nearly 20% of German travelers returning from countries designated as high-risk for Covid-19 use false data when filling in relevant forms, as German federal police say. AS Spiegel reports, all travelers returning to Germany from high-risk countries are required to complete a form, but the reliability of the data is questionable, as the federal police reported the detection of inconsistencies in 2,985 forms out of a total of 15,147 submitted (ie 20%) in the past two weeks, as part of random checks at major airports in the country. Travelers tend to enter incorrect names (even the name “Donald Duck” appeared), or incorrect addresses and telephone numbers, police said. The police also report that they do not have access to electronic data in order to verify the validity of the information and simply compare it with passports. Violators are punished with severe fines amounting to 25,000 euros. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek government: We will gradually open economic and social activity

Greek government spokesperson Stelios Petsas, in an interview with SKAI radio on Tuesday, strenuously dismissed reports of "double books" for recording cases and deaths due to coronavirus, ANA reports. The spokesperson underlined that there is a national register at the electronic social insurance governance platform IDIKA that records all cases from different sources. He also noted that this process is not recent but has applied since spring, while all the data has been publicly available since March. Concerning the relaxation of the restrictions to curb Covid19, he said it was clear that giving dates was not helpful at this time, and added that the data "shows where we are going and when we will gradually and safely open sectors of economic and social activity." He stressed that the country was "still far from dates" and added: "We have a clear improvement in the data in recent days. We will need more time. The data will show us the way." RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

2,199 new Covid-19 cases and 111 fatalities recorded in Greece on Tuesday

The Greek authorities announced 2,199 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, 25 of which were detected following checks at the country’s borders. The total number of cases is 107,470, of which 52.9% are men, protothema.gr reports. 4,919 (4.6%) are related to travel from abroad and 28,590 (26.6%) are connected to an already known case. A total of 596 patients are intubated. Their median age is 65 years, 167 (28.0%) are women and the rest are men, while 75.8% of them have an underlying condition or are 70 years of age or more. Finally, there were 111 more recorded fatalities bringing the death toll to 2,517. Of the fatalities, 1,021 (40.6%) are women and the rest men while their median age was 80 years and 96.6% had an underlying condition and/or age 70 years and more. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Norbert Kaiser Let's block ads! (Why?)

Survey: E-commerce turnover tripled to 15 billion euros in Greece during 2020

E-commerce turnover is expected to triple totaling 15 billion euros in 2020, helped by the pandemic crisis, but this growth is not equally distributed, the Institute for Small- and Medium-Sized enterprises of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship noted in a survey released on Monday, ANA reports. The survey, conducted on the occasion of Black Friday, said that “ Undoubtedly, large retail players have been mostly favored by the impressive increase in e-commerce. On the other hand, smaller enterprises record a significant gap in comparison with larger enterprises, however, they manage to find ways to respond to this challenge”. Over 70 pct of smaller enterprises have Internet access, 36 pct have an active web page, and more than 55 pct an active page on social media, the survey said. The survey was conducted on a sample of 500 enterprises in retail commerce in the period November 16-25. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations, Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Victorgrigas Let's block ads! (Why?)