Greece is in second-to-last place among the 19 eurozone countries and 24th among all 28 European Union member-states in electronic payments per inhabitant, including payments with credit and debit cards and online transfers of money and e-payments of bills, according to European Central Bank data for 2018.
Greek holders of debit cards making withdrawals from cash machines of other banks will as of July 20 be charged a commission that will range from 2 to 3 euros per transaction.
This will bring these charges into line with those imposed since last summer on foreign bank clients using Greek cash machines.
Taxpayers will have to increase their annual transactions made via credit/debit cards or e-banking by up to 50 percent, or face a hefty fine that will depend on the level of their income.
Kathimerini understands the regulation that will raise the minimum amount of online transactions toward the tax-free amount will be submitted to Parliament at the start of 2019.
The total volume of transactions with credit and debit cards on Black Friday in Turkey reached 3.4 billion Turkish Liras ($647.4 million) with an annual increase of 38 percent.