The Greek government is seeking ways to facilitate more the process of issuing visas for Russian visitors, despite the improvement of the existing situation in the Greek consulates, said Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Angeliki Gerekou, to Russian news agencies. "We belong to the Schengen Treaty, but look for ways, as Prime Minister himself has said , to establish Greece for the Russians a specific approach than other European countries. We want to create a process that would facilitate the adoption of visa, " stressed Ms Gerekou to Russian reporters, ahead of her visit in tourism exhibitions in Moscow next week.
According to data, that the Deputy Minister reported, the Greek consulate in Moscow issues a 48 hour visa to stakeholders and that of St. Petersburg in 24 hours, "but there are still some complaints and we are prepared to deal with the earliest". The situation today is much better than it was "but that is not enough," said Ms. Gerekou, adding that working on the issue with Deputy Foreign Minister, D. Droutsa and intends to meet with the staff of consulates in Russia in order "to see what we can do, to work better."
Angeliki Gerekou mentioned the high interest of Russian investors in the Greek market and especially the tourism sector, noting that Greece is making efforts to reduce bureaucracy and facilitate business start-ups, but also enhance the creation of "eco-hotel", which will work with alternative energy sources, like the use of the Olympic capital.
The Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism described to the Russian media, the high Greek interest in the development of specialized tourism (conference, religious, etc.), the prospects of which to the Russian market are too high and failed to refer to mutual affection and far-reaching, and spiritual historical ties between the peoples of Greece and Russia.