Payment systems

Lykovrisi cash machine targeted by robbers

Unknown assailants blew up a bank branch ATM early Monday morning in the area of Lykovrysi, northern Athens.
Police said the heist occurred at 3.25 a.m. on Sofoklis Venizelou Avenue.
The perpetrators used dynamite to blow up the cash machine and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
It was the fourth time that the ATM in question had been targeted in recent years.

Card payments leap higher in third quarter

Credit and debit card transaction turnover grew almost 15 percent over the third quarter of the year on an annual basis, banishing fears that the growth rate of online transactions might slow to below 10 percent in 2019.

Card transactions added up to 11.4 billion euros in July-September, up 14.6 percent or 1.4 billion euros from the third quarter of 2018.

Golden Visa property purchases can now be paid for via cards abroad

An amendment to a bill for spurring investments that is currently being debated in Parliament seeks to include payments conducted from January 1, 2017 via credit or debit card in the Golden Visa program for granting residence permits to foreign nationals making real estate purchases worth at least 250,000 euros.