House Bill on Impact of Brexit on Greece – What will apply to citizens, businesses, driving licenses

Draft law regulating the effects of Brexit on Greece was tabled in Parliament on Friday afternoon by Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis

The legislative initiative entitled ‘Arrangements for the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union’, according to a statement by the Office of the Deputy Foreign Minister, aims to consolidate the relevant legislation, to systematize the regulatory framework and to remove uncertainties on the whole. will remain in force until the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, with or without an agreement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the umbrella body of all relevant Greek Public Administration bodies at the technical, administrative, operational, organizational and legislative levels, so that there is extensive inter-ministerial coordination so that the state mechanism is prepared when and how it is completed. departure from the United Kingdom.

What issues are covered by the Brexit bill?
This bill, as the same communication states, regulates, inter alia:

  • The recognition of the right of residence of British citizens (and their family members) who have resided in Greece by the date of departure will have resided by 31.12.2020 and those arriving after 01.01.2021. Their entry and exit conditions in the country are also regulated.
  • Coordination of British citizens’ social security rights and their health care.
  • The recognition of British driving licenses in Greece and their exchange with Greeks.
  • The terms and conditions for the establishment and operation of tourist businesses in Greece by natural and legal persons based in the United Kingdom.
  • The settlement of financial matters, with particular provision for the operations of insurance and reinsurance undertakings.
  • Addressing the urgent and urgent staffing needs of the Directorate General of Customs and Tax Administration. of AADE through the transfer of permanent staff. The measure was considered necessary in view of the need to carry out customs controls on passengers and goods, but also on the need to tackle smuggling, the collection of excise duties on beverages and fuels and the upgrading of the relevant electronic services.
  • Specific issues on the rights of natural and legal persons that may arise in the event of a no-deal Brexit and are not regulated by EU law, in particular those relating to access to employment and the recognition of professional and academic qualifications. These cases will be settled by a joint decision of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister responsible as appropriate.

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