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Coastal Zones: Environmental organizations call on Greek government to withdraw controversial provisions

Eight environmental organizations are calling on the Greek government to withdraw the controversial provisions in a law on coastal zones that was tabled in a parliamentary committee on Wednesday. The draft legislation erodes environmental protections and plan a national policy for climate resilience. The groups said the bill does not …

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Postal vote bill passed by Greek Parliament but not for “national elections”

The legislation establishing postal vote for the upcoming European elections, as well as national referendums, was voted by the parliament on Wednesday. As communist party KKE had reportedly requested a roll-call vote, it turns out that the legislation was voted by the 158 MPs of ruling New Democracy, while it …

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Greece tables draft legislation expanding ‘Hercules’ program to reduce NPLs

The Greek government on Thursday tabled in Parliament a draft law seeking to further reduce non-performing loans in banks’ portfolios by expanding the “Hercules” program. The draft legislation envisages measures to introduce greater transparency, more information and respect of debtors’ rights for servicers, modernize an out-of-court mechanism and expand protection …

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Legislation for private universities imminent, says minister

Education, Religion and Sports Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis, said on Friday that legislation ending the “state monopoly” on university education was imminent. in an interview with state broadcaster ERT, Pierrakakis underlined that “the state university remains the flagship of university education in Greece but it needs to be further reinforced and …

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Tax changes for Airbnb owners; accommodation fee increase

Property owners who operate three or more Airbnb-type properties will be called to have closer contacts with Greece’s tax office, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Saturday. At the same time the PM announced also an increase in the accommodation fee in order to cover up costs for damages caused …

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Parliament approves legislation against far-right party in elections

Greece’s Parliament approved the new legislation in order to prevent the participation in the elections of criminal organizations under the guise of a political party, such as the far-right. The legislation, which targets the extreme-right National Party-Greeks of jailed former Golden Dawn member Ilias Kasiadiaris, was passed with the vote …

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Gov’t to lift eligibility restrictions for Diaspora Greeks elections vote

The conservative Greek government plans to lift some crucial restrictions regarding the eligibility criteria allowing Diaspora Greeks to exercise their right to vote in parliamentary elections. The changes are planned despite the fact that New Democracy passed the relevant legislation a year ago. Government spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni said Monday noon …

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Greece sets up #MeToo website, proceeds with penal code changes for minors’ protection

The Greek government has set up a #MeToo website where citizens can submit complaints get information on sexual harassment and abuse as well as power-based violence, actions taken against abusers and links where victims can seek help. The website metoogreece.gr will soon host announcements concerning initiatives designed to help people …

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Greece’s Development Bank to go in operation in April, says Minister

Greece’s Development Bank “already operates informally,” said Economy and Development Minister Yiannis Dragasakis. He stressed that the Bank is soon to be founded under draft legislation and go in operation right afterwards. The legislation was recently unveiled for public consultation, the bill is expected to be a law in upcoming …

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Tsipras seeks broader political consent to extension of Greece’s territorial waters

Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Alexis Tsipras is seeking broader political consent on the extension of Greece’s territorial waters from currently 6 to 12 miles from the coastline. In this sense, he decided to skip the option of Presidential decrees and seek approval of the Parliament. According to original plans, …

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Greek Orthodox Church calls on Gov’t to withdraw Gender Change bill

The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church urged the coalition government to withdraw a legislation on gender change that is to be voted through the Parliament on upcoming Monday. In a statement the Holy Synod said that the proposed bill challenges the feeling society, it torpedoes the sacred institution …

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Greece’s Parliament to vote for the additional austerity measures on May 18

The additional austerity measures for 2019-2020 the Greek government agreed upon with the country’s creditors will be brought to Parliament on May 15 for debate. A vote by the Plenary will take place on May 18 2017, just four days before the crucial Eurogroup meeting on May 22. Parliament President …

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