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No advance tax payments for 84,191 firms and professionals in Greece

Nearly 35% of businesses and independent professionals who have submitted tax returns on their 2019 income have seen a drop in earnings that dispenses them from having to pay advance taxes on 2020 earnings, according to data released on Wednesday by the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR), ekathimerini.com reports. Data indicate that, as of Wednesday, there are 238,288 businesses and professionals that are eligible for a pre-paid tax deduction, including total exoneration, or 61.8% of the 385,793 who have already submitted tax returns. Given that the final submission deadline is August 28 and the total number of firms and independent professionals about 900,000, the number of taxpayers eligible for a deduction is expected to more than double. According to the IAPR announcement, out of the 385,793 tax returns submitted by Monday, 325,085 are from independent professionals and 60,708 from enterprises. Out of the 200,759 independent professionals who will pay less advance tax, 13,285 will pay 30% less, 105,503 50% less, 12,994 70% less and 68,977 will pay no advance tax. Of the 37,529 eligible enterprises, 5,259 will pay 30% less, 13,313 50% less, 3,743 70% less and 15,214 will pay no advance tax on their 2020 earnings. 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?)

Greek Migration and Asylum Minister to visit The Hague in September

Alternate Migration and Asylum Minister Giorgos Koumoutsakos will visit Τhe Hague in early September at a Dutch Migration Minister Ankie Broekers Knol invitation, ANA reports. According to Migration Ministry's announcement, during his visit to The Netherlands Koumoutsakos will address the Migration Committee of the Dutch parliament and will hold talks at political and technical levels with the Dutch authorities and will also visit an unaccompanied children hosting facility. 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: Ggia  Let's block ads! (Why?)

New U.S Under Secretary of Defence for Research from Greek island of Chios

Greek-American, Michael Kratsios, was recently appointed the Under Secretary of Defence for Research and Engineering at the Pentagon, protothema.gr reports. Kratsios, who is also the Chief Technology Officer of the United States Defence, although born in California traces his ancestral roots back to the village of Volissos in northern Chios. Commenting on their famous ‘son’, the president of the Community of Volissos, Sotiris Paradisis, noted: “We know him from his frequent visits to his village, both the new deputy minister and his parents, Mr Giannis Kratsios and Mrs Mary Kotsaka. They are all loved in the small community of Volissos. This year, due to the COVID-19, Michalis Kratsios-Kotsakas could not come to Volissos, but last summer he had come for a short vacation, although he was already the director of the White House Technology Office “. 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: Shealah Craighead Let's block ads! (Why?)

Sorgenfalten angesichts eines neuen Corona-Rekordes in Griechenland

Der beunruhigende Trend in Griechenland setzt sich weiter fort: Die zuständigen Gesundheitsbehörden meldeten am gestrigen Mittwoch (12.8.) 262 neue Corona-Fälle, die mit Abstand höchste Zahl seit Beginn der Pandemie. 22 der Fälle wurden an den Grenzübergängen festgestellt.Ein Pflegeheim in der Nähe von Thessaloniki musste am Mittwoch unter Quarantäne gestellt werden, nachdem es dort einen Ausbruch des Virus gegeben hatte. 33 Bewohner und 3 Angestellte haben sich infiziert. Auslöser für diesen massenhaften Ausbruch sei wohl eine Pflegerin gewesen, die Kontakt zu einem positiven Fall auf der Halbinsel Chalkidiki hatte, teilte der Pressesprecher des Gesundheitsministeriums für die Bekämpfung des Coronavirus Sotiris Tsiodras mit.Insgesamt wurden bisher 6.177 Menschen in Griechenland positiv auf das Virus getestet. Zwei weitere Todesfälle lassen die Zahl der an Covid-19 Verstorbenen auf 216 ansteigen. Das Durchschnittsalter der Todesopfer liegt bei 76 Jahren. Gegenwärtig werden 24 Patienten auf Intensivstationen behandelt, der Mittelwert ihres Alters liegt bei 63 Jahren.Die bestehenden Einreisebeschränkungen im Flugverkehr wurden wegen der ansteigenden Infektionszahlen bis zum 31. August verlängert. Das teilte die griechische Zivilluftfahrtbehörde mit. Unter anderem müssen Reisende aus ausgewählten Ländern bei ihrer Einreise nach Griechenland einen negativen Corona-Test vorweisen, der nicht älter als 72 Stunden sein darf. Davon betroffen sind neben den Balkan-Staaten ab dem 17. August auch Spanien, Belgien, Schweden, Tschechien und die Niederlande.Gleiches gilt ab dem 17. August für den Landweg. Wer so nach Griechenland einreisen möchte, muss ebenfalls einen negativen Test vorzeigen. Dies gilt für Reisende aus allen Ländern, auch griechische Staatsbürger sind nicht davon ausgeschlossen.Griechinnen und Griechen, die in Italien Urlaub machen wollen, müssen sich nun bei ihrer Einreise auf Covid-19 testen lassen. Das verkündete der italienische Gesundheitsminister Roberto Speranza am späten Mittwoch. Von diesen neuen Bestimmungen sind neben Griechenland auch Kroatien, Malta und Spanien betroffen. (Griechenland Zeitung / em) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Elounda marina on Greek island of Crete will host superyachts

A new marina that can accommodate up to 202 yachts, including superyachts, is planned for Elounda, site of several hotel resorts on the island of Crete, ekathimerini.com reports. Part of the Elounda hills project, it will have a land area of 28,540 square meters, including service buildings for yacht passengers. While this project points to the future, local hotel owners are focused on containing losses this year. 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: George Groutas Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek FM to hold urgent meeting with United States counterpart

Greece is intensifying its diplomatic counter-response in an effort to neutralize Turkey’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean, protothema.gr reports. In this context, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo will meet on Friday in Vienna. The two ministers will meet against the backdrop of the crisis playing out in the past days in the eastern Mediterranean with the survey ship Oruc Reis and an escorting flotilla of Turkish warships sailing in and out of Greek territorial waters. 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: Corkythehornetfan Let's block ads! (Why?)

Leading Greek professor and Civil Protection General Secretary in Thessaloniki

Professor of infectious diseases and Health Ministry's spokesman for COVID-19 Professor Sotiris Tsiodras and the general secretary for Civil Protection Vassilis Papageorgiou will depart for Thessaloniki at Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias' orders, ANA reports. Meanwhile, seven elderly people from a nursing home in Thessaloniki are being hospitalized at Papanikolaou hospital's clinic for COVID-19.  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: Zweifüssler Let's block ads! (Why?)

Weiterhin Vorsicht geboten: 196 neue Corona-Fälle in Griechenland

In Griechenland eilen die sommerlichen Reiseaktivitäten ihrem Höhepunkt entgegen, doch in Sachen Corona ist allergrößte Vorsicht geboten. Die zuständigen Behörden meldeten für den gestrigen Dienstag (11.8.) 196 neue Corona-Fälle und eine steigende Zahl von Patienten auf Intensivstationen: Derzeit sind es 26.Knapp die Hälfte der neuen Fälle (82) wurde in Attika registriert, 42 in Thessaloniki und an Grenzübergängen wurden 20 Personen positiv auf Covid-19 getestet. Die Zahl jener Personen, die sich seit Anfang der Epidemie mit dem Virus infizierten, steigt damit auf  5.942. In den vergangenen beiden Tagen mussten zwei weitere Todesfälle verzeichnet werden, die Zahl der Opfer erhöht sich auf 214.Warnung vor zweiter Corona-WelleDer Staatssekretär für Krisenmanagement im Bürgerschutzministerium Nikos Chardalias appellierte an die Öffentlichkeit, die Maßnahmen gegen eine Ausbreitung des Virus einzuhalten – besonders in den Fokus rückte er den bevorstehenden großen Feiertag Maria Himmelfahrt am kommenden Samstag (15.8.); dieses Fest wird traditionell in Griechenland ausgiebig gefeiert. Die Entwicklungen in den kommenden Tagen beschrieb Chardalias als „ausschlaggebend“: „Wir müssen die Ausbreitung des Virus mit unserem Verhalten stoppen, damit wir in ein paar Tagen nicht einer starken zweiten Welle ins Gesicht blicken“, sagte er.Dabei will sich die Regierung jedoch nicht allein auf den guten Willen der Bevölkerung verlassen: Polizei (ELAS) und andere zuständige Behörden haben die Kontrollen weiter intensiviert.Angaben der ELAS zufolge, wurden am Sonntag und Montag insgesamt 54.685 Inspektionen in ganz Hellas durchgeführt. Dabei wurden 30 Verstöße von Geschäften registriert, in denen die Angestellten entweder keine Maske trugen, die maximale Anzahl von Personen im Verhältnis zur Ladenfläche überschritten wurde oder wo die Distanz zwischen den Tischen – vor allem in Tavernen – zu gering war. 409 Menschen wurden wegen fehlendem Mund-Nasen-Schutz zur Kasse gebeten.Die griechischen Gesundheitsbehörden haben bisher insgesamt 669.739 Corona-Tests durchgeführt, positiv waren 5.942 (0,89 Prozent). Dies geht aus einem Bericht der Nationalen Gesundheitsorganisation EODY hervor. Zum Vergleich: Angaben des Robert-Koch-Instituts zufolge wurden in Deutschland 8.586.648 Menschen getestet, 218.519 (2,54 Prozent) davon positiv. (Griechenland Zeitung / em) Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greece registers 196 Covid-19 cases and one fatality on Tuesday

Greece registered 196 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, including 20 people tested at the country's entry points, ΑΝΑ ρεπορτσ. Besides the 20 mentioned above, the highest concentrations of Tuesday's numbers were found in the Attica prefecture - 82, who comprised a known cluster - and in the region of Thessaloniki, where 42 people were found infected. Other regions include 6 individuals who took the initiative to be tested, 7 cases in the Larissa region, 5 in the Halkidiki peninsula, and 4 in the Argolid. The rest of the Greek regions recorded between 1 and 2 new cases on Tuesday. Furthermore, one person has died, bringing the total COVID-19-related casualties to 214. Of the deceased, 95.8 pct had an underlying condition and/or were 70 years old or above. 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?)

XRTC report: Coronavirus storm rocks the Greek ferry market

The coronavirus storm has generated a wave of changes in the coastal shipping industry, with the halving of passenger traffic as well as the possible shift of share packages or the entry of new players into the market, according to XRTC Business Consultants, which has covered the sector’s companies for two decades, ekathimerini.com reports. The consultancy believes that passenger traffic this year will not surpass 49% of last year’s. It will therefore come to about 8.88 million passengers, against 18.2 million in 2019. The results of the first five months of 2020 have been very disappointing, as traffic fell 60% year-on-year. The ferry fleet has resumed its activity this summer although many ships remain docked. The utilization of high-speed vessels is problematic this year due to the further shrinking of the period of use for such types of ships. “The 2020-21 winter will be exceptionally difficult for the sector, as the revenues from the first half of 2020 and from the summer will not suffice to cover the operating costs. Therefore the only way for the ferry companies to meet their obligations on a financial as well as an operating level would be a direct state or European grant to ensure their unhindered operation,” notes XRTC head and veteran banker George Xiradakis. The Greek coastal shipping market is also seen being forced to act immediately on two levels: The first is related to its short-term sustainability while the second concerns its long-term maintenance in the context of growth with the use of European resources. The state assistance is regarded to be essential on both levels: “The former will necessitate interventions to keep the industry alive and avoid upsetting the social and geographical cohesion of the country, while the second will require moves to contribute toward the restructuring of the sector ahead of the next 20 years,” Xiradakis explains to Kathimerini. The so-called big ferry companies – i.e. Attica Group, Minoan Lines, and ANEK – may appear dominant but only account for half of the country’s ferry activity, XRTC says, as new players such as Seajets have grabbed significant market shares. 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: Nikolaos Diakidis Let's block ads! (Why?)