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Marine matters
« on: Saturday, 18 January, 2014 @ 01:32:31 »
The value-added tax (VAT) charged on Greek passenger ferry tickets may be reduced soon, according to an announcement made by Merchant Marine Minister Militadis Varvitsiotis.

Currently, the VAT rate on ferry tickets is 13 percent for passengers and 23 percent for vehicles. A reduced VAT rate on ferry tickets is considered essential to boost tourist traffic to island destinations.

On Greek ferry schedules for 2014, he said all routes have already been approved by the ministry and therefore can be made public at any time for the information of tourists.

Mr. Varvitsiotis also mentioned that a series of bureaucratic entanglements for the mooring of yachts in Greece would be removed through a new legislative framework for yachts prepared by the ministry.

On the issue of waterways, he said the ministry has completed the necessary legislative framework for their operation in Greece and expects seaplane companies to take interest in developing routes in the Greek waters.

He also added that the ministry has increased the manpower of coast guards on the islands that have become known entrance points of illegal immigrants.