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Minister Says Government Planning to Abolish Wine Tax; Replace it with Another

Agricultural Production Minister Vangelis Apostolou reiterated on Friday the government's intention to abolish an excise tax on wine by the end of the year, saying it failed to produce the expected revenues. Speaking during a visit to a winery in...

Government to Scrap Controversial Wine Consumption Tax

After a long debate about the effectiveness of the highly unpopular measure, the government has decided to scrap the controversial special consumption tax on Greek wine. The measure, which not only did not meet revenue targets, but actually boosted illegal...

Athens Seeks Geographical Protection for Greek Yogurt From EU

The Greek Ministry of Agriculture is hoping to persuade the European Union to introduce rules which forbid "Greek yogurt" being produced anywhere but in Greece. In 2016, Greece and the Czech Republic clashed after the latter produced "Greek" and "Greek-style"...

Deal to Protect Feta in Japan 'a Great Success,' PM Says

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday welcomed an agreement protecting the market for Greek feta in Japan, following a meeting with Economy Minister Dimitri Papadimitriou and Agricultural Development Minister Vangelis Apostolou. "Whoever negotiates with a plan achieves his goals,"...

EU Agriculture Commissioner: Greece will get €19 Bln in 7 Years for Agriculture

Greece will get 19 billion euros in the next seven years for development in agriculture, while Greek traditional products will be protected, said European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan. The European commissioner is in Thessaloniki and on...

Greek Farmers Express Dissatisfaction After Meeting With Government

Farmers expressed their complete dissatisfaction on Wednesday, after their meeting with government officials concluded, while also expressing disapproval for the Minister of Agricultural Development and Food, Vangelis Apostolou. Frustrated farmers that participated in the Blockades of Promahona and Evzones walked...

Greek Farmers Say Friday's Meeting Not Positive; Will Continue With Protests

Farmers confirmed their plans to rally this Tuesday during the multi-member delegation meeting of the Panhellenic Coordinating Committee for farmers and the Ministry of Rural Development. Present at the meeting was Deputy of Labor Tasos Petropoulos, Deputy of Finance...

Farmers Meet With Minister to Challenge Changes in their Social Security, Taxation

Representatives of farmers from around Greece asked the Minister of Agriculture Development Vangelis Apostolou on Wednesday to take responsibility for the changes in their social security and taxation, during a meeting which they described as “crucial” for determining their...

Government Explores Aid to Mastic Farmers Following Devastating Wildfire

On an official visit to the Aegean island of Chios, Rural Development and Foods Minister Vangelis Apostolou said the government will benchmark 500,000 euros to help promote and advertise mastic gum products following the devastating wildfire that swept through...

FinMin Tsakalotos Meets With Institutions on Taxation, New Talks on Saturday

A meeting between Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Chouliarakis with the heads of the quartet of institutions ended on Thursday evening, with the two sides discussing the changes in the system of taxation. According to a...