Greece is preparing a new visa scheme for entrepreneurs and citizens from non-EU countries: the Business Visa that will be possible following an invi
Business-Visa: Greece’s new scheme for non-EU entrepreneurs

Business-Visa: Greece’s new scheme for non-EU entrepreneurs

Business-Visa: Greece’s new scheme for non-EU entrepreneurs

Business-Visa: Greece’s new scheme for non-EU entrepreneurs

Business-Visa: Greece’s new scheme for non-EU entrepreneurs

Business-Visa: Greece’s new scheme for non-EU entrepreneurs
Business-Visa: Greece’s new scheme for non-EU entrepreneurs
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Greece is preparing a new visa scheme for entrepreneurs and citizens from non-EU countries: the Business Visa that will be possible following an invitation by a Greek citizen. The relevant amendment was submitted to the Parliament by deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on Tuesday.

The amendment will facilitate the entrance of foreign entrepreneurs from non-EU countries to Greece. The amendment is attached to the foreign ministry’s draft law entitled “Regulations for the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union” and introduces a new type of entry visa, the Airport Transit Visa (ATV).

The Business Visa and the “Business Invitation form” will facilitate third-country nationals wishing to enter Greece to attend conferences, exhibitions, meetings, conferences or business events without having to follow the usual bureaucratic visa procedure.

As visas have often been granted in the past with delays and there have been a significant number of rejections, the introduction of the business invitation will make the visa process more efficient and faster as applications will be dealt with promptly within 15 days.

Greek citizens will be able to submit to the competent Consular Authorities a standard invitation form, while assuming responsibility for hosting the visa applicants.

According to state-run news agency amna, the amendment also establishes a so-called “Business Invitation” form for extending an invitation to a third-country national with the assumption of responsibility/provision of accommodation for the purposes of granting a Schengen visa.

This will be used as a supporting document for examining requests for a business/professional visa, in the case that interested third country citizens are not able to certify the specific requirements by themselves.

The amendment also foresees penalties (fines and imprisonment) for persons that invite a foreign national using a “Business Invitation” with aim of violating migration law and the provisions of Schengen.

According to Minister Varvitsiotis, the amendment is in the right direction and responds to the chamber’s long-standing request to facilitate businesses to accommodate business visitors, as they are currently facing lengthy visa procedures for third-country nationals.

Varvitsiotis stressed, thought, that in case of violation of the terms by the guest then the company will lose the right to submit a new application.

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SYRIZA Confirms Support for Pavlopoulos’ Second Term as President of Greece

SYRIZA Confirms Support for Pavlopoulos’ Second Term as President of Greece

ATHENS – The committee to restructure SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance that met on Monday under the chairmanship of party leader Alexis Tripras raised the importance of social issues on its agenda, giving particular prominence to labor issues, party sources said.

Issues discussed included Greek-Turkish relations, the draft electoral law and the nomination for president of the Republic once the current term expires. There were no changes in party policies, sources said, and criticism was levelled at the government over some of these issues. The sources confirmed SYRIZA’s support for a second term of President Prokopios Pavlopoulos, and criticized the government’s attempt to change the current electoral law again.

The main opposition party’s leader accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of being “stuck in his choices and contradictions” and called on him to “stop undermining the institution of the president of the Republic and explain why he doesn’t propose the renewal of Pavlopoulos’ successful term.”

Tsipras also said that “during times that call for national cooperation, Mr. Mitsotakis chooses to undermine this by his two top choices,” deciding not to renew Pavlopoulos’ term and abolishing the simple representational electoral system, “the fairest electoral system that obligates political parties to come to collaborate and present joint policies.”

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Peggy Antonakou Is the New Head of Google in Southeastern Europe

Peggy Antonakou Is the New Head of Google in Southeastern Europe

ATHENS – Google announced on January 13 that Peggy Antonakou, based in Athens, is the new General Director for the company in Southeastern Europe. Antonakou was previously the CEO of Microsoft Greece, Cyprus & Malta since November 2012.

With experience in the fields of Management and Marketing, she has held key positions both in Europe and the U.S. She joined Microsoft in February 2012 in the role of Commercial Director.

In 2017, Antonakou was honored as Woman of the Year in the category Manager at the Beaute magazine award ceremony for her contributions and work during 2016. During her tenure, Microsoft Hellas was also awarded as the best subsidiary in its size, on a global level.

Previously, she held the position of General Manager of Consumer and SMB divisions for the Southeastern Europe region in Dell S.A., achieving market leadership in many countries of her responsibility. She first joined Dell in 2002, in the Marketing Department of the company’s Headquarters in Austin, Texas.

Returning to Europe in 2006, she became the Sales Manager for Consumer and SMB for Greece, Cyprus and Italy. She has previously held positions at General Motors USA and Opel Bank GMBH.

Antonakou holds a degree from the School of Business Administration of the University of Piraeus and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

She said, “The role of Google director is an honor and a privilege for me. It’s a company that innovates, improving the lives and future of billions of people across the globe. The power of technology to change the world is a great inspiration and driving force for me. Today, I am very pleased because with a strong team I can contribute to this. At the same time, I feel very happy and optimistic because Greece is being upgraded as a strategic hub for the wider region,” Lifo.gr reported.

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