SEV: State lacks will to contain corruption
The state has shown a fragmentary approach and a lack of determination toward combating corruption in Greece, according to a report by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV). The data from a recent survey by SEV’s Business Environment Observatory reveal that at least one in every two entrepreneurs is not satisfied with the level of transparency in six kinds of state bodies: ministries, town planning authorities, municipal authorities, courts, custom offices, and economic and trade offices at Greek embassies abroad. Transparency International’s annual report for 2016 placed Greece 69th among 176 countries in combating corruption, down 11 spots from 2015.
Cruise drop. In the first five months of the year travel takings from cruise tourism posted an annual decline of 0.8 percent and the number of cruise passenger arrivals fell 5.5 percent, according to data from the Bank of Greece. Cruise tourism had been projected to suffer this year as operators steer clear of the Eastern Med region.