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Greece’s Data Protection Authority launches inquiry into ND MEP

Greece’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) launched an investigation on Monday into allegations that ruling New Democracy MEP Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou violated data protection regulations by emailing to Greek voters living abroad ahead of the European Parliament elections in June. It is recalled that due to postal vote regulations, Greeks living abroad have …

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Surprise amendment extends postal vote to national elections

With a surprise amendment the Interior Ministry decided to extend the postal vote for Greeks living abroad also to national elections, just two days before the voting at the Parliament. The amendment triggered the outrage of the opposition parties who had consented to postal vote for the European Parliament elections …

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Hoteliers on Crete threaten staff with €5,000 penalty if they quit job

Hoteliers on the island of Crete threaten employees with an penalty clause of 5,000 euros should they quit job during the tourism season. Note that such a “clause” is illegal, as the Labor Center states. Representatives of the Labor Center of Heraklion have made serious complaints about the “delinquent and …

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7,000 more Greeks living abroad will be able to vote in 2. elections round

Greeks abroad will have the opportunity to vote one day before the June 25 general elections, as was the case in the May 21 elections. Approximately 7,000 additional voters will be able to vote abroad in the repeat elections, in addition to the 22,857 voters registered in the special electoral …

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Greeks abroad to cast their vote on Saturday, May 20

Greeks abroad will cast their vote for the country’s 2023 national elections on Saturday, May 20, one day before Greeks vote at home, the Foreign Ministry’s  General Secretariat for Greeks abroad & Public Diplomacy said on Thursday. For the first time (per article 2 of law 4648/2019), Greek voters residing …

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29,000 Greeks abroad registered to vote on May 21

The number of Greeks living abroad who are planning to vote in the general election on May 21 reached nearly 29,000 by Tuesday’s registration deadline. Greeks living abroad are allowed to vote in national elections on May 21 if they have lived in this country for at least two consecutive …

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Greeks abroad can register vital events like births & marriages directly via consulates

Greeks abroad can now register vital events such as births, marriages and deaths at consulates directly connected with  Greece’s civil registration system, cutting through red tape that once took months to complete, the Foreign and Digital Governance ministries announced on Thursday. Consular staff have had access to the system since …

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Aegean resumes flights to 6 foreign destinations from Thessaloniki on June 15

Aegean Airlines announced to resume direct flights from the city of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, to six destinations abroad as of June 15. Following a partial lifting on flight restrictions from Thessaloniki’s ‘Makedonia’ airport depending on the epidemiological profile of the destination countries, Aegean announced the resumption of direct flights to …

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Gov’t prepares legislation to grant voting right to Greeks living abroad

The Greek government is determined to proceed with the legislation that will grant voting right to Greeks living abroad. The government hopes to make it possible for Greeks abroad to vote at the next parliamentary elections expected to take place in October 2019 – if nothing unexpected like snap elections …

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Gov’t takes first steps for Greek expats to vote in elections

Interior Minister Panos Skourletis submitted an amendment to the Greek Palriament on Friday calling for the establishment of a 12-member committee to explore the voting options for Greeks living abroad.  The committee will have to record and evaluate the situation regarding Greek voters living abroad as well as parameters (institutional, …

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Greece loosens capital controls with spectacular up to €5,000 per month

Greece’s Finance Ministry has reportedly already prepared a new legislation that will further loosen capital controls and spectacularly raise the monthly cap of cash withdrawals for natural persons.  The new measure will allow bank account holders to withdraw up to 5,000 euros per month. Since 1. March 2018, the withdrawal …

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Capital controls: Greece considers to raise withdrawal cap, measures for businesses

Greece is considering further easing of capital controls with the increase of  the cap for cash withdrawing and limiting restrictions to businesses.  The new measures could be implemented as soon as 1. June, that is on the third year the restrictions were imposed. According to media reports, the new measures …

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