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European Union: Court Rejects Compensation of Commercial Banks over Greek Debt

(Feb. 8, 2017) In a decision issued on January 24, 2017, the General Court of the European Union determined that the European Central Bank (ECB) is not obligated to compensate commercial banks for losses they incurred in 2012 from the restructuring of Greek debt. The Court said that the ECB had not broken the law by […]

Greece: Parliament Approves Building of First Mosque in Athens

(Aug. 16, 2016) On August 4, 2016, following long and tumultuous debates among members of the Greek Muslim community, various Greek governments, and the Greek Orthodox Church, the Greek Parliament approved the building of a mosque in Athens.  The permit for the plan was included in a law dealing with energy matters.  (New Regime to […]

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 […]