Dress Code and Good Manners for Greece’s Lawmakers

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Tame language code and descent dress code will be imposed in the Greek Parliament as the situation is getting out of control, according to conservative Nea Dimocratia. Chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Greek Parliament, Christos Markogiannakis,  issued strict recommendations to the country’s lawmakers concerning what they wear and what they talk. The reason that Christos Markogiannakis conveyed the committee were unacceptable words that were heard in a recent plenary session, an issue that has gone beyond all limits of elementary decency by some MPs. Not to mention the dress style of some female MPs, who apparently confuse their appearance in the  Parliament with fine dining in a stylish restaurant.


Words like “agents”,  “gang”, “nenekoi*” (traitors) and “Tsolakoglou government**” were recently heard in last plenary session beginning of the week, when Independent Greeks leader Panos Kammenos verbally attacked the government on the “prior actions” draft law.

 Greek MP dress code

ND before taking oath – June 2013

 Bad behaviour is not enough though when compared to the choice of cloths.

” MPs cannot come “with baggy t-shirts, torn out jeans and visible tattoos, mini skirts or short leaves and shoulder straps and other  provocative clothes” Markogiannakis listed the new dress code adding “it’s a matter of respect towards the Parliament.”


On the first level of sanctions, unacceptable expressions should not be recorded in the session minutes. On the second level, a ‘recommendation’ to the MP should be issued. If there is no compliance, the MP should face explulsion from the session but this only in case the MP in question exceeds all limits of the Parliament code.

PS I thought MPs would care more about the violations of Parliament institution and the Greek Constitution when it comes to loan agreements and austerity measures…

 *”nenekos* is a synonym of “traitor” after Dimitris Nenekos, a Greek chieftain during the Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. The expression has the connotation that the traitor not only commits the act of treason but also take the part of the enemy against his compatriots.

**Tsolakoglou was the prime minister during the Nazi occupation of Greece.

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