ΣΥΜΒΟΥΛΙΟ ΑΠΟΔΗΜΟΥ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΣΜΟΥ (ΣΑΕ)
WORLD COUNCIL OF HELLENES ABROAD (SAE)
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.”