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Greek government asks its diplomatic missions to send back cash reserves

The Greek government has reportedly sent a circular to all its embassies and consulates abroad calling them to send back to Athens any cash reserves that they have not used as well as revenues from consular operations. The money should be sent directly to tax offices. The -frankly- surprise move comes in time when negotiations between Greece and its creditors have brought so far no results and money and the country is struggling to pay wages and pensions by end of the month.
According to online edition of To Vima newspaper, the revenues from visas issuing and other actions were partly counterbalanced with the operating expenses of the diplomatic missions, while a percentage would return to the Foreign Ministry and not to the tax offices.
According to To Vima that has obtained the government document sent to the Greek diplomatic missions abroad, the money reserves asked to be return would cover mainly expenses for cleaning material, stationery etc for the running two months.
Senior diplomats say that this has never happened before and stress that this would cause problems to the daily operation of the diplomatic missions. The latter because revenues would allow the diplomatic mission to counterbalance them with their expenses and funding.
The measure is expected to affect not only consulates with high revenues due to visas but also small diplomatic missions without revenues.
“This is because, until recently when an embassy had no money, it sought and received remittance from another embassy of Greece without any transfer of money via Athens,” notes To Vima, adding that the new situation will increase the fees for bank transfers.
Last month, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ordered public institutions and local governments to move their funds to the central bank in an effort that Greece remains afloat, as the negotiations between Greece and its creditors had brought no result and bailout funds.
PS a kind advise: do not be shocked when you see dirty stairs next time you enter Embassy X or Consulate Y or you receive an invitation to a party not with an envelope but via e-mail only.

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2 comments

  1. Giaourti Giaourtaki

    Dirty stairs will never happen but what is with my job?
    I thought of going to the embassy to get paid as a troll. Unfortunately, now I have to ask the allmighty Kammenos to pay me a boat and expenses to travel some lonely Greek islands close to the eastern Aegaen coast line to raise flags there; a sound system that blasts Turkish ΠΑΝΚ ΡΟΚ direction east would be nice too but I guess the musicians have to flee then.

  2. What a load of rubbish this is –
    The consulates & other bodies have to keep an updated & accurate account books that they submit to Greek officialdom, at least once a year – if for no other reason than to justify their funding & so as to be eligible for more funding.
    * If this information is from the government – so as to be seen as – MAKING EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE & INFLICTING AUSTRITY UPON ALL THE PERSONS OF GREECE
    THEY ARE PULLING YOUR CHAIN.
    It just shows them for the sad simpletons that they are.