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    Greece: Hellenic Competition Commission Carries Out Consecutive Dawn Raids in Multiple Sectors On September 16, 2021, the National Competition Authority of Greece — the Hellenic Competition Commission (HCC) — conducted unannounced on-site inspections (“dawn raids”) in the premises of businesses operating in the sectors of the import/manufacturing, wholesale, and retail trade of school bags, children’s lunch bags, and pencil cases. The raids were the latest of a … Continue reading “Greece: Hellenic Competition Commission Carries Out...
    • Contributor: Cantekin, Kayahan
    • Date: 2021-09-30
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2017-02-08
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2016-08-16
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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 […]
    • Contributor: Johnson, Constance
    • Date: 2016-01-29
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2015-08-14
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2015-02-26
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    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], […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2014-09-24
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2013-10-30
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2013-06-20
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2012-02-08
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2012-02-06
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2011-09-22
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    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 […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2011-04-19
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    Greece: New Proposal on Fighting Racism and Xenophobia (Mar. 7, 2011) The Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights in Greece published on its website a new legislative initiative on combating certain types of racism and xenophobia through the application of criminal law, with a view to soliciting public consultation on the initiative during the period of February 22 to March 3, 2011. […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2011-03-07
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    Greece: Update on Greece's Economic Reform (Feb. 25, 2011) On February 11, 2011, members of the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), or the “troika,” as the three bodies are often called, concluded a two-week visit to Athens to conduct their third review of the Greek government's economic program. To assist Greece in recovering from […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2011-02-25
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    Greece: New Bill on Tax Evasion and Measures to Assist Greek Economy (Jan. 31, 2011) On January 25, 2011, the Greek Ministry of Finance submitted to the legislature a new, much-anticipated tax bill, which aims, through the adoption of a number of significant initiatives, to improve and revive the ailing economy, reorganize public services, and impose tougher sanctions against tax evasion. The bill is open for consultation […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2011-01-31
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    Greece: Draft Law on Compensation of Victims of Intentional Violence (Dec. 3, 2009) On November 26, 2009, the Greek Minister of Justice, Transparency, and Human Rights introduced a new law in order to transpose into the Greek legal system European Directive 2004/80/EC. The purpose of the proposed law is to offer compensation to those individuals who are subject to intentional crimes of violence that are […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2009-12-03
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    Greece: Data Protection and Google Street View (May 15, 2009) Street View, a service offered by Google to its users in the United States and in some countries in the European Union two years ago, was greeted with skepticism in Greece in view of its possible intrusion on the privacy rights of citizens. Based on Street View, users are able to zoom […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2009-05-15
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    Greece: Draft Legislation to Promote Employment of Young Adults (Mar. 23, 2009) In Greece, young adults up to 30 years of age are encountering serious problems in finding employment commensurate with their professional qualifications and expertise. The unemployment rate for this age group was over 22 percent in 2007, the highest unemployment rate among the Member States of the European Union for this age […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2009-03-23
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    Greece: Common Law Marriage (Apr. 2, 2008) The Greek government's plan to introduce a bill that would grant more rights to unmarried couples recently met with strong opposition from the Greek Orthodox Church and from homosexuals. The bill would place "common law" relationships on the same footing as those based on a civil or a religious ceremony. Unmarried couples […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2008-04-02
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    Greece: Bill to Protect Companies of National Strategic Importance (Feb. 2, 2008) In January 2008, following in the footsteps of other European Union Member States, such as France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, Greece adopted legislation designed primarily to strengthen strategic companies of national importance. The new law requires private investors, either individuals or corporations, who intend to acquire more than a 20 percent […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2008-02-02
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    Greece: Early Retirement and Removal of Judges from the Judiciary (Feb. 2, 2008) Under the Greek Constitution, judges are appointed for life, with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for all judges up to the rank of Court of Appeals Judge or Court of Appeals Deputy Prosecutor. For those of a higher rank, retirement is mandatory at 67. A new law on the early voluntary […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2008-02-02
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    Greece: Use of Cameras During Demonstrations Allowed (Dec. 2, 2007) During the 2004 Olympic Games, the Greek government spent close to €250 million (about US$359 million) to ensure the safety of athletes and spectators and the smooth operation of the games. Part of those funds was allocated to purchase and install 300 closed-circuit cameras. However, the Hellenic Data Protection Authority, which is […]
    • Contributor: Papademetriou, Theresa
    • Date: 2007-12-02