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Development Ministry: Political Uncertainty Halts Investments

Investors intending to place their money in Greece are waiting for the political uncertainty to clear, said Deputy Development Minister Notis Mitarakis. However, he added, some applications for entry into the fast-track system continue to come in. "There is a...

Athens, Thessaloniki Among Seven Regions with Shops Open on Sunday

The city centres of Greece's two largest cities, Athens and Thessaloniki, will be among the seven Greek regions where shops will be allowed to open on Sundays, on a pilot basis, according to a Development Ministry decision signed on...

Greece Allows Smoking Areas in Bars, Clubs, Casinos, Lotto

A provision in the wide-ranging bill tabled by the Greek Ministry for Development will legalize smoking areas in casinos, night clubs and live music venues larger than 300m², as well as betting shops, including lottery outlets. The only restrictions imposed are that these smoking areas...

Draft Law on Lifting Cabotage Restrictions to be Introduced

Development, Competitiveness, and Shipping Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis announced on Thursday that a draft law on sea tourism, which will also foresee the complete lifting of cabotage restrictions for international cruise companies, will be introduced to Parliament next week. According to...