ATHENS, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Greek government tabled an amendment in parliament on Tuesday aimed to facilitate the entrance procedures of foreign entrepreneurs and professionals from non-European Union (EU) countries to the country to support investments, business cooperation and the Greek economy, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.
The amendment is attached to a draft law entitled "Regulations for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union" and currently discussed in the Greek parliament. It introduces a new type of business invitation for third-country nationals to visit Greece, the so-called "business visa," according to the press statement.
This type of Schengen visa concerns non-EU nationals who are invited to attend conferences, exhibitions, meetings and business events, the ministry explained.
It eases bureaucratic procedures and all applications will be examined within 15 days, according to the ministry.
Under the new plan, Greek citizens will have to submit to the relevant authorities a modified invitation document, assuming responsibility for the accommodation of the people invited.
If the guest violates the terms of the visa, the company or individual who extended the invitation will face penalties.