Air­port tax dis­count in works for win­ter flights to Athens

Kathimerini English - - Business & Finance -

Faced with an on­go­ing eco­nomic re­ces­sion and soar­ing un­em­ploy­ment, the prime min­is­ter an­nounced mea­sures to help en­ter­prises late on Wed­nes­day, in re­sponse to a num­ber of spe­cific mar­ket de­mands.

Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou stated that third-party levies on ferry tick­ets are to be abol­ished, as agreed upon by the mar­itime af­fairs min­is­ter and coastal ship­pers a day ear­lier, and that the air­port tax for a num­ber of flights to Athens dur­ing the win­ter sea­son will be re­duced.

He also an­nounced the cre­ation of a new tourism prod­uct to be of­fered ex­clu­sively by four-and five-star ho­tels, as well as that the ho­tel clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem will be sub­ject to change.

Ad­dress­ing a gen­eral meet­ing of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Greek Tourism En­ter­prises (SETE) in Athens, the prime min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment is to go ahead with re­vis­ing the is­sue of copy­right so as to avoid prob­lems in the busi­ness world and will re­duce so­cial se­cu­rity con­tri­bu­tions for en­trepreneurs who pay them in full and on time.

“We will not emerge from the cri­sis through a magic recipe, but through ma­jor changes and re­forms,” Pa­pan­dreou stressed in his ad­dress. He added that the gov­ern­ment is also con­sid­er­ing the cre­ation of a spe­cial agency to han­dle and li­cense tourism in­vest­ment ini­tia­tives that can­not join the fast-track process that of­fers a one-stop shop for in­vestors.

Deputy Cul­ture Min­is­ter Gior­gos Niki­tiadis promised yes­ter­day that the fast-track pro­ce­dure will do away with any prob­lems in- vestors face re­gard­less of the size of their in­vest­ment.

Also yes­ter­day the En­vi­ron­ment, En­ergy and Cli­mate Change Min­istry an­nounced elec­tric­ity rate cuts for com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial en­ter­prises on the medium-volt­age net­work, fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity for En­ergy. The min­istry ex­plained that the de­ci­sion was taken in view of the eco­nomic prob­lems be­ing faced by a num­ber of com­pa­nies. The rate cuts will ap­ply to bills that will be is­sued from June 1.

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