Dr.Olga Sarantopoulos: Intervention on unfavourable treatment of repatriated Expatriates​ ​ ​​​



Δρ. Όλγα Σαραντοπούλου – Γραμματέας ΣΑΕ

Dr.Olga Sarantopoulos: Intervention on
unfavourable treatment of repatriated Expatriates​ ​ ​​​

​Vienna, 21st of March 2013

Dr.Olga Sarantopoulos, Secretary of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) addressed a new intervention-letter to the Minister of Finance of Greece, Mr. J. Stournaras, following the government’s decision to change the existing law and to vote an article which provides that the pension payments to repatriated Expatriates will be only made, if the beneficiaries (repatriated Expatriates) are permanently and legally residing in Greece for the last 20 years.

In particular, according to Article 1 of the law 4093, it is provided that the monthly pension of uninsured elderly as described in the law 1296/1982 (A’128 ), is to be paid – if among other conditions – the beneficiaries “Reside permanently and legally in Greece for the last 20 years before applying for retirement and are still living in the country during their retirement. ”

This is the fourth intervention in series of Dr.Olga Sarantopoulos on issues relating to taxation of expatriates.

In her letter, Ms. Sarantopoulos notes that the issue affects thousands repatriated Expatriates, especially former residents of the countries of the former Soviet Union and the Northern Epirus, who will suffer financially and socially since they do not fulfill the term of twenty years. They risk to loose their only source of income. Based on the information available from the competent Organization of Repatriated Greeks in Greece, 95% of these people do not meet this requirement.

“These people are experiencing the measure as another prosecution against them,” as stated in the letter.

The Secretary SAE underlines that the economic and fiscal policies of the government should not only be tax-collecting oriented, but should essentially maintain the social ties of the country. “It is unthinkable to condemn people whose sole income is a meager pension, just because some people decided to extend the time limit of residing in Greece, as a precondition for their retirement.”

Άγγελος Ανδρεάτος: Το ‘χουμε – Νέο τραγούδι


Μουσική: Άγγελος Ανδρεάτος
Στίχοι: Γρηγόρης Βαξαβανέλης
Επιμέλεια Παραγωγής: Παναγιώτης Μπρακούλιας

Ο Άγγελος Ανδρεάτος επιστρέφει πιο ανανεωμένος από ποτέ και μας
παρουσιάζει την νέα του επιτυχία με τίτλο «Το ‘χουμε»!

Μετά τις ραδιοφωνικές επιτυχίες «Να μας γράφεις», «Νιώσε το ρυθμό»,
«Να μ’αγαπάς τώρα», «Μείνε εδώ», «Καλοκαίρι και πάλι», «Ομολογουμένως»
κ.ά, ο Άγγελος Ανδρεάτος, ένας από τους πολλά υποσχόμενους νέους
καλλιτέχνες και με πολλές συνεργασίες με μεγάλους καλλιτέχνες στο ενεργητικό του κερδίζει σταθερά έδαφος στο χώρο του τραγουδιού και για ακόμα μία φορά μας εκπλήσσει ευχάριστα!

«Το ‘χουμε», δεν υπάρχει αυτό που νιώθουμε… μας τραγουδάει και μας
ξεσηκώνει με τη νέα του δισκογραφική δουλειά, ένα δυναμικό χορευτικό τραγούδι με ελαφρολαϊκά στοιχεία και πολύ σύγχρονο ήχο που θα κερδίσει και πάλι τις εντυπώσεις!

Ακούστε το τραγούδι εδώ:

Greek Lagarde list investigative journalist Kostas Vaxevanis prepared to go to jail

Source: Telegraph.co.uk

Greek investigative journalist Kostas Vaxevanis (C) leaves a prosecutor’s office in Athens in 2012. He was found not guilty of breaking data privacy laws in November, but the Athens public prosecutor subsequently ordered a retrial for June.

A Greek investigative journalist prosecuted by his government for publishing a list of wealthy Greeks with Swiss bank accounts has said he was prepared to go to prison for the offence.

Speaking before receiving the Journalism prize at the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression in London, Kostas Vaxevanis said it had been his duty to publish the list in defiance of the Greek establishment.

Kirsty Hughes, the Index’s chief executive officer, said: ‘Kostas has stood up to an economic and political elite who want to close down debate on one of the biggest crises in Europe’s history.’

Other prizes went to Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, Palestinian-born Syrian internet activist Bassel Khartabil and South African photographer Zanele Muholi.

Mr Vaxevanis’s case caused uproar in Greece and internationally. He was found not guilty of breaking data privacy laws in November, but the Athens public prosecutor subsequently ordered a retrial for June.

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony, Mr Vaxevanis said he would be prepared to go to jail “just to show people what is happening in Greece”.

“But if I am convicted answers will have to be given about why other magazines and websites who published the list were not prosecuted,” he said.

A dozen other media outlets reprinted the list from his magazine Hot Doc, but none have been charged.

The maximum sentence he faces for breaching privacy laws is 10 years.

He continued: “I would publish again, of course, if there was a need. There had been talk about the Lagarde List for three years and it was my duty to publish.”

Three consecutive governments had known about the list but failed to act.

The list is in fact a spreadsheet containing 2,062 potential tax evaders with undeclared accounts at Swiss HSBC bank’s Geneva branch.

It is named after the former French finance minister Christine Lagarde, who passed the information on to Greek officials in the autumn of 2010 to help them crack down on tax evasion.

After receiving the information anonymously, on a USB stick, Mr Vaxevanis published a list of account holders, omitting large amounts of financial information in the files.

The next day he was arrested in the middle of giving a radio interview.

He said his case showed that Greece’s dire financial crisis has made the lack of democracy in his country more acute. In response to the outcry, the new coalition government has done nothing more than form a parliamentary committee of inquiry.

Mr Vaxevanis said he and his magazine were targeted, he said, because they were small and independently owned and could not be leaned on.

“I am just being punished for telling the truth. It’s an act of revenge because I broke the ties between political power and the media, which are very close in Greece,” he said.

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