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Greece prepares law to boost export of medical cannabis

The Greek government plans to table a draft bill shortly reforming the laws around cultivation and export of medical cannabis products. The proposal was reportedly presented by Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis at last week’s cabinet meeting. According to the proposal, medical cannabis for export will not be subject …

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Greece’s top court rules for backdated payment of wrongfully cut pensions

The Council of State, Greece’s supreme administrative court, on Tuesday ruled in favor of the backdated payment of pensions that were wrongfully cut between June 2015 and May 2016. The court ruled in favor of pensioners who had appealed against the pension cuts, seeking the backdated return for the above …

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Greece finally to implement law “Antibiotics only with prescription”

The nightmare for thousands of Greek mamas come true. As of today, antibiotics will be administrated only with a electronic prescription issued by a doctor. After 46 years, the Greek government decided to implement the law of 8. August 1973 that provides that all drugs should be administrated with a …

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“Greece has no right to stop accepting asylum applications,” says UNHCR

The United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees said on Monday that Greece had no right to stop accepting asylum applications as Athens struggled with a sudden increase of arrivals at its border of Middle East refugees and migrants from Turkey. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday his country …

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UNHCR expresses concern at Greece’s asylum plans

The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR expressed concern about Greek proposals to overhaul laws affecting asylum seekers, saying they could weaken the protection of refugees. Greece is proposing to streamline a lengthy asylum process and deport rejected asylum seekers. A draft law is pending in the Greek parliament. The law …

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Education Minister on abolition of University Asylum: “With a phone call by a citizen police…”

“With a single phone call by a citizen or a student, police can enter universities and uni campus,” Education Minister Niki Kerameos said on Tuesday about the hot potato of the so-called  “university asylum” the new conservative government wants to abolish. Speaking to private ANT1 TV on Tuesday morning, Kerameos …

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Draft Laws for “relief measures”, VAT reduction, debtors settlement submitted to Greek Parliament

With express procedures the Greek government submitted to Parliament draft laws regarding the relief measures announced last week by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as well as the 120-installments settlement for debtors to the state. The so-called 120 installment draft law, including the debt settlement to the social security funds, tax  …

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Up to 12 years to demolish illegal constructions on Greece’s coastline

Demolition of illegal constructions prohibiting access to the sea have started in Halkidiki, North Greece on Thursday morning. Short before 10 o’ clock municipality workers and representatives from local authorities moved to “Gatzoureika” settlement along the old land road Polychonoy-Chaniotis on the first leg of Halkidi peninsula in Kassandra. After …

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Two Ukrainians sentenced to 180 years for smuggling migrants to Greece

Two Ukrainians imprisoned in Greece for 180 years for smuggling migrants into the country. Currently, there are about 150 Ukrainians in Greek prisons who are convicted on similar charges.  A court in Greece has sentenced Serhiy Shvayuk, a musician of the Ivano-Frankivsk band Perkalaba, and his friend Petro Lytvynchuk to …

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Greek Parliament adopts law allowing same sex couples to be foster parents

With broader majority, the Greek Parliament adopted the new law on adoption as well as Article 8 of the draft law that allows fostering by same sex couples living under civil partnership. Article 8 divided political parties, even progressive SYRIZA, with some lawmakers from the ruling left-wing party to claim …

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Greek Parliament approves law for medical cannabis

Lawmakers approved a law allowing the farming and processing of medical cannabis in Greece on Thursday evening. Coalition government parties, SYRIZA and Independent Greeks (ANEL), Democratic Coalition (PASOK) and Potami voted in favour, New Democracy, the Communist Party KKE, Golden Dawn and the Centrists Union voted against.  “We are discussing …

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