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TV licenses: Private e-mails of CoS top judge stir Greece’s political agenda & lead to multiple investigations

The prosecutor of Athens ordered urgent investigation, after the e-mail content and private data of the vice president of the Council of State were partly published in the press. As the Council of State currently deals with constitutional conformity of the TV licenses law, many judges see an attempt to …

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Greece’s Council of State gives green light for construction of Mosque in Votanikos

The fourth section of Greece’s Council of State (CoE) ruled today that preparatory works for the construction of an Islamic mosque in Votanikos area of Athens Municipality are allowed to proceed. The CoE had picked up the case submitted by 111 residents of neighboring Elaionas area. Citing the status of …

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Greek Court orders temporary suspension of shops opening on Sundays

Greece’s Council of State ordered the temporary suspension of shops opening on Sundays. Traders, retailers and private sector unions had appealed to the court asking the cancellation of shops opening on Sundays. According to the Court’s reasoning, the opening of shops on Sundays will lead to “irreparable financial harm” and …

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Plans for Privatization of Greek Water Companies “freeze”

The project to privatize the Public Water Companies in Thessaloniki (EYATH) and Athens (EYDAP) is been on hold after the State Council ruled that the water has to remain “under strong state control.” The ruling makes the planned transfer of 67% of EYATH shares to private investors practically impossible and …

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Court rules: seizure of debtor’s deposits without notice is constitutional

A shock for millions of debtors: the Council of State ruled that tax offices and insurance funds are allowed to seize debtor’s bank deposits without previous notice and that this is conform with the Greek Constitution.  Greece’s highest administrative court’s reasoning is that “previous notice would give time to the …

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Council of State blocks transfer of Athens Water Company to Privatization Agency

Greece’s Council of State blocked the transfer of part of Athens Water Company stakes to Privatization Agency (TAIPED).  In clear words, this decision prohibits the privatization of Athens Water Company (ΕΥΔΑΠ) and mosτ possible also the upcoming privatization of 51% of the stakes of Thessaloniki Water company (EYAΔ). The Council …

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Greek court rules: Teachers’ and Transport workers’ strikes put public health at risk

Did you know that teachers’ strikes put the students’ health at risk? Have you ever thought that a court is concerned about the public health when it comes to strikes but it doesn’t seem to care when thousands of patients are deprived of basic medical care because they cannot afford …

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Dirty political games with ERT and justice

Another crucial meeting between prime minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition government partners Evangelos Venizelos (PASOK) and Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic Left) is scheduled for 6 p.pm. on Wednesday. Greece’s coalition government is on the verge of breaking apart over Samaras’ order to shut down public broadcaster ERT and his reluctant …

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Council of State: SDOE freezing assets? Against Constitution…

The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, has deemed unconstitutional a law allowing the Financial Crimes Squad, known as SDOE, to freeze bank accounts, shares and properties of suspects linked to cases of large-scale tax evasion, smuggling and other financial crimes. The court further ruled that the law was …

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Greece freezes citizenship to migrants – Decision fuels upheaval among gov’t partners

 Greece suspended citizenship applications by migrants on Friday with a circular issued by Alternate Interior Ministry. The circular comes two weeks after  Prime Minister Antonis Samaras gave orders to immediately scrap the migrant citizenship law and asked the Minister of Interior to work out a new draft that will comply with the …

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