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Greece: Clarification of VAT as Applied to Crowdfunding Campaigns

(Jan. 29, 2016) The Public Revenue Authority of Greece issued a document on January 14, 2016, addressing the issue of how to apply value-added tax (VAT) to reward-based crowdfunding projects. In such funding campaigns, people contribute to a project before receiving any goods or services in exchange for their contributions. The crowdfunding is considered a […]

Greece: New Bill to Abolish Tax Breaks for Members of Parliament, Introduce Salary Cuts for Ministers

(Aug. 14, 2015) On August 11, 2015, the Greek government discussed legislation that would abolish tax breaks for Members of Parliament and institute salary cuts for Ministers, heads of public administrations, and heads of independent administrative authorities. (The Draft Bill on Abolishing Tax Breaks for Lawmakers, INTELLIGENT-NEWS.COM (Aug. 11, 2015).) The legislation is part of […]

European Union; Greece: New Agreement on Financial Assistance

(Feb. 26, 2015) On February 20, 2015, the Eurozone members and the newly elected leftist Government of Greece, after tense negotiations, reached a new accord to extend the existing bailout agreement, formally known as the Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement (MFAFA), for an additional four months. The extension had been requested by the Greek government […]

Greece: New Law Criminalizes Denial of Genocide, Hate Speech, and Other Acts of Racism

(Sept. 24, 2014) On September 4, 2014, the Greek Parliament adopted an amendment to Law No. 927/1979 on Combating Race Discrimination, in order to align domestic legislation with European Union rules pertaining to hate speech and denial of genocide. (Law No. 4285/2014 [in Greek], EPHEMERIS TES KYVERNESEOS TES HELLENIKES DEMOKRATIAS [GAZETTE OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC], […]

Greece: Measures Targeting Extreme-Right Party “Golden Dawn”

(Oct. 30, 2013) In the aftermath of the violent acts committed recently by members of the extreme-right political party “Golden Dawn” in Greece, resulting in the loss of human life, the Greek government moved swiftly to prosecute a number of the party members. (Athens News Agency & Macedonia Press Agency, Amendment Suspending Party Funding in […]

Greece: Council of State Reverses Government

(June 20, 2013) On June 17, 2013, the Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, ordered the re-opening of the state-owned radio and television network, Hellenike Radiophonia Teleorasi (ERT). The Council of State also ordered the Greek government to take the necessary measures to allow ERT to continue broadcasting until the formation and operation of […]

Greece: Draft Bill on Fair and Speedy Trials

(Feb. 8, 2012) On January 30, 2012, the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights submitted to Parliament a bill designed to expedite the administration of justice and guarantee speedier and fairer trials for individuals. (Draft Bill on Fair and Speedy Trial [in Greek], Hellenic Parliament website (last visited Feb. 8, 2012).) The impetus […]

Greece; International Court of Justice: Judgment on Blocking Entry of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into NATO

(Feb. 6, 2012) On December 5, 2011, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in The Hague, Netherlands, issued its judgment in a case concerning Greece's actions to block the entry of the Republic of Macedonia (hereafter referred to by its UN-recorded name of FYROM) into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). (ICJ, Judgment of 5 […]

Greece: Government Introduces New Special Tax on Real Estate

(Sept. 22, 2011) In order to deal with the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, the Greek government has imposed a number of austerity measures in an effort to increase revenues. On September 16, 2011, an amendment was introduced in the Parliament that will impose a special surtax on real estate.(Amendment for Special Tax on Real […]

Greece: Firing of Employee for Surfing on Internet at Work

(Apr. 19, 2011) On April 19, 2011, the District Court of Athens upheld the decision of an airline company that had fired a female employee for visiting the social networking website “Facebook” for extended periods of time during working hours. The employee was working on a contract basis, and, according to testimony, she was spending […]