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Bill on diaspora Greeks’ vote rejected in Parliament

The bill on the vote of diaspora Greeks in national elections was defeated in Parliament late on Wednesday, as it did not manage to collect the required number of votes in a plenary session. Officially titled “Lifting of restrictions for the registration of voters abroad on special voting lists,” the …

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Draft bill regulates micromobility vehicles, including rollers, scooters, skateboards

A new draft bill tabled in Parliament on Tuesday regulates the use of electric roller skates, rollers, skateboards, and self-balancing scooters in cities. In addition to micromobility vehicles, the bill will allow the use of motorbikes without a license as long as they are built with a maximum 25 km/hr …

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“Reforms” Greek Style: 1,000 Policemen in universities, disciplinary council for students

Despite objections by several university rectors, Greece’s Education ministry presented a bill providing, among others, the presence of police officers inside universities campuses. The bill foresees also other outdated “reforms” such as the establishment of a disciplinary council to punish students. On Wednesday, Education Minister Niki Kerameus and Citizens’ Protection …

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Bill for acquisition of 18 French Rafale submitted to Greek Parliament

A draft bill of the Ministry of Defense for the acquisition of 18 French Rafale fighter aircraft has been submitted to the Defense Committee of the Greek Parliament, a step before the voting. The bill with the title  “Approval of draft defense contracts” contains five articles. The main ones are …

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First examns for Greek citizenship to be held in May 2021

The first examinations for foreign nationals wanting to acquire Greek citizenship will be held in May 2021, following the approval of a bill in Parliament late Thursday. The new Greek citizenship bill stipulates that candidates must display a sufficient knowledge of Greek history, geography, culture and politics, as well as …

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5G bill approved by Greek Parliament with broad majority

With a broad majority the Greek Parliament approved on Tuesday the bill on digital governance and 5th Generation broadband frequency spectrum (5G). The bill passed with 275 votes in a Parliament of 300 seats. Addressing the plenary, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis noted that the auction of the 5th Generation …

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Police fires tear-gas at protesters against bill to curtail public gatherings rights

Tear-gas and sound flares, chasing and bulling, stones and molotov cocktail bombs. The protest against the bill that limits rights to public gatherings started peacefully but soon turned downtown Athens into a battlefield on Thursday evening. With main slogans “No tolerance to the their plans,” and “the bill remains on …

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Greek Parliament approves bill on microfunding of small businesses

A draft bill setting up a microfunding framework for small businesses passed by wide majority vote in parliament’s plenary session on Wednesday evening. The microbudning bill submitted by the Finance Ministry was voted by ruling New Democracy, main opposition SYRIZA and KINAL (Movement for Change). Communist party KKE, Elliniki Lysi …

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Greek Foreign Ministry tables bill to protect rights of Brits after Brexit

Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis tabled a bill in parliament with the aim to protect the residence status and rights of current and future British citizens residing in Greece, regardless of whether a Brexit agreement is reached with the EU or not. The bill tabled on January 3, revises …

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Parliament approves bill for diaspora Greeks’ vote with strict criteria

With an overwhelming majority the Parliament approved the bill that allows diaspora Greeks to exercise their voting right from the place of residence.  Eligibility criteria are strict with regards to years of absence and active taxation. Of a total of 296 deputies present, 288 voted in favor, seven voted against …

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Greece to upgrade F-16 and Mirage-2000 at a cost of half a billion euros

The Ministry of National Defense has submitted a bill to the Parliament including among others the upgrade of fighter jest F-16 and the Follow-On Support/FOS of Mirage-2000. The total cost exceeds half a billion euros. The draft law envisages enhancing the operational performance and dynamics of F-16 aircraft as proposed …

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Greece lowers limit for cash transactions to 300 euros

Greece lowers the limit of cash transactions from 500 euro to 300. Purchases with a value above the new limit should be made exclusively through electronic payments. The new limit is thought as a measure to combat tax evasion. This is one of the measures of the draft tax bill …

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