22.01.2013 Another Award for Greece
The readers of the Sunday Times Travel Magazine awarded Greece as the Best European Beach Destination for 2012!

21.01.2013 Support to Manufacturing, Tourism, Trade-Services related business
The «Mass Media Support Programme for the fields of Manufacturing - Tourism – Trade & Services» is an individual initiative of the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks with the aim of strengthening existing, new and under development micro , small and medium sized enterprises that will implement investments oriented towards innovation, the environment and information technologies. The budget for this project amounts to 456 million euros and it’s designed for investments in the 13 peripheries (regions) of the country. Funding in the «Manufacturing» sector will be enhanced from 30,000, 00 to 300.000,00 € for the «Τourism» sector from 20,000, 00 to 300.000,00 € and for the «Trade-Services» sector from 20,000 to 100,000, 00 €

Eligibility criteria for businesses:
1. Existing businesses which, until 31.12.2011, have two or more closed fiscal years that should obtain their IAC prior the submission of their proposal.
2. New – under development businesses that must, obtain their IAC prior the submission of their proposal, while those under development before the first disbursement of the funding.

The program covers a wide range of eligible costs including:
1. Buildings, facilities and surrounding area
2. Machines – Equipment
3. Transportation (professional use)
4. Equipment and facilities of environmental protection and Energy Saving
5. Rights of know-how
6. Certification of quality assurance systems
7. Software
8. Publicity-Promotion
9. Consulting services
10. Operating costs only for the new-small under development business

The details for the implementation of the scheme are set out in the Action Guide and its appendices which contain all the details of the proposal and implementation of the programme. The Guide also includes a list of all the financial instruments which through specific funds reserved for development purposes can facilitate the financing of investment.