Tourism Law in Europe

2 of the provisions in the aforementioned law has been amended by various subsequent legal acts, while quite a few others have been repealed by Law No. 4276/2014. With Law No. 4276/2014, the Greek legislator has moved towards the adoption of specific rules as regards special forms of tourism. The previously mentioned law is the latest basic tourism law and its regulations take precedence over every other previous provision which regulates the same sector, as pursuant to the principle lex posterior derogat priori (Article 2 Civil Code 3 ). It is also worth mentioning Law No. 4179/2013 “Simplification of procedures to aid tourism entrepreneurship, restructuring of the GNTO, and other provisions” (GG Α´ 175 08-08-2013) as well as Law No. 4256/2014 “Tourist vessels and other provisions” (GG Α´ 92 14-04-2014). Moreover, other important laws pertaining to the tourism sector are Law No. 3878/2010 “Regulation of issues of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism” (GG A´ 161 20-09-2010) and Law No. 4254/2014 “Measures for the support and development of the Greek economy within the implementation framework of Law No. 4046/2012 and other provisions” (GG Α΄ 85 07-04-2014). In the area of public law, the organisation and implementation of tourism policy are regulated by Law No. 3270/2004 “Competences of the Ministry of Tourism Development and tourism issues” (GG Α΄ 11-10-2004) and by Presidential Decree 4 122/2004 “Reconstitution of the Ministry of Tourism” (GG Α΄ 85 17-03-2004) in conjunction with PD 313/2001 “Transfer of competences from GNTO to the Ministry of Development and the Regions, establishment of agencies and staff positions in the Secretariat-General for Tourism and the Regions, transfer of resources and necessary arrangements” (GG Α΄ 211 25-09-2001) and PD 343/2001 “Service structure organisation of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO)” (GG Α΄ 231 11-10-2001). Additionally, PD 127/2017 “Organisation of the Ministry of Tourism” (GG Α΄ 157 20-10-2017) regulates in a consistent and codified way the administrative structure of the Ministry, its decentralised agencies etc. The legal status of tourist offices is regulated by Joint Ministerial Decision 5 1567/2011 “Adaptation to the provisions of Directive 2006/123/EC”, which transposed Directive 3 Henceforth “CC”. 4 Henceforth “PD”. 5 Henceforth “JMD”.