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  • Combating Piracy - Global Issues
    including 1814 2008 1816 2008 1838 2008 1846 2008 2125 2013 and 2184 2014 to confront it while a number of states including the U S China Russia and India sent naval forces Within the framework of the European Union the European Maritime Security Strategy was adopted in June 2014 during the Hellenic Presidency of the Council of the European Union This Strategy constitutes the framework within which the competent national and European authorities will act and be coordinated with the objective being to provide a common framework for relevant authorities at national and European levels to ensure coherent development of their specific policies and a European response to maritime threats and risks The second aim of such a strategy is to protect the EU s strategic maritime interests and identify options to do so Piracy is one of the areas dealt with by this Strategy Operating in the region are ΝΑΤΟ Operation Ocean Shield in collaboration with the European Union which has also deployed a similar action EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta for protecting shipping and deterring piracy Moreover the EU in its effort to remedy the root causes of piracy and to invest in the Somalian authorities gaining capabilities for managing the problem has deployed the EUTM Somalia European Union Training Mission Somalia and EUCAP Nestor regional capabilities development missions Coordination of anti piracy operations and other programmes has been undertaken by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia CGPCS which was established on a U S initiative based on UN Security Council Resolution 1851 2008 and met for the first time in January 2009 In parallel global shipping is constantly readapting its actions with regard to best practices for vessels protecting themselves Best Management Practices Version 4 BMP4 was last updated and enriched in August 2011 Piracy activity off the coast of Somalia is currently at its lowest level since 2006 This decline is attributed to the effective action of the CGPCS to the implementation by merchant vessel crews of Best Management Practices BMP and to the widespread measure of having armed private guards on vessels Concurrently the gradual improvement of the problematic situation on Somalian territory is continuing with the active support of the international community and regional actors mainly in the sectors of national reconciliation institutional building and strengthening of democracy with the ultimate goals of the adoption in 2015 of the Federal Constitution and the holding of elections in 2016 International efforts are aimed at rebuilding local capabilities and providing appropriate support for the Federal Government of Somalia so that the latter can regain control of its territory Greek participation Greece is a founding member of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia which it chaired in the first half of 2010 From December 2008 to April 2009 Greece commanded the EU Atalanta operation in which it participated with the frigate Hydra until March 2012 and the frigate Psara from February to May 2014 Also under way is

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  • Human Rights - Global Issues
    rights have been signed since then Human rights issues are taking on an ever greater dynamic on the global stage in the initiatives and actions of individual states and on a multilateral level Current trends in international policy place serious violations of Human Rights among the potential threats to international legality peace and security These trends are part of a continuously evolving framework of institutions and procedures for monitoring states obligations Greece considers the universal and indivisible nature and interdependency between civil and political rights on the one hand and economic social and cultural rights on the other to be of prime importance Our country also considers that respect for human rights the promotion of democracy and the rule of law are associated with peace justice security stability the fight against poverty and cohesive socio economic development Within the EU and the United Nations system Greece has traditionally shown a strong interest in issues relating to human rights Greece participates actively in the principal multilateral fora including the 3rd General Assembly Committee and the Human Rights Council HRC The HRC was created by decision of the UN General Assembly in 2006 replacing the UN Commission on Human Rights Greece actively supported the efforts to create an effective HRC with an upgraded status functionality and with essential structures that emphasize the contribution of the mandates of the HRC s Special Procedures Human Rights Experts to whom Greece maintains an open invitation Visits were recently carried out to Greece by UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants Francois Crepeau 26 November 3 December 2012 the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention 21 31 January 2013 the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism discrimination xenophobia and related intolerance 4 8 May 2015 and the independent expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights particularly economic social and cultural rights J P Bohoslavsky 30 11 7 12 15 Moreover Greece has signed and ratified the main international contractual texts on human rights protection that have been drawn up within the framework of the United Nations since the 1950s Responding to obligations arising from these texts Greece regularly submits reports to the Committees on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ICCPR the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights ICESCR the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination CERD the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel or Inhuman Treatment or Punishment CAT the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women CEDAW and the Convention on the Rights of the Child CRC On all the human rights issues of concern to the relevant UN organs the Foreign Ministry collaborates closely with the co competent Ministries toward the improvement or strengthening of the protection provided for human rights on a national level in line with the corresponding international conventions and the special recommendations of the competent UN

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  • International Sanctions - Global Issues
    Foreign Policy Parliamentary Speeches National Council on Foreign Policy Cultural Diplomacy Current Affairs News Announcements Top Story Statements Speeches Press Briefings Multimedia Videos Photos News Archive Services Citizen Services KEP and Services for Greeks Abroad Translation Service Administrative Affairs Judicial Affairs Merchant Marine Affairs Consular protection by EU Member States Search the Diplomatic and Historical Archives Visas National Visas Schengen Visas Visas for Foreigners travelling to Greece Visas for Greeks travelling abroad Services for Enterprises Tenders Public Consultations Financing and Investment Opportunities Career Opportunities Career Opportunities in the Ministry Career opportunities in International Organisations Volunteerism Contact Directory at the Ministry Greek Missions Abroad Foreign Missions in Greece Home Foreign Policy Global Issues International Sanctions International Sanctions A FREEZING OF ASSETS As regards the freezing and unfreezing of assets of states legal persons legal entities or natural persons imposed by UN Security Council resolutions UN decisions or pursuant to EU Regulations Decisions for any legitimate reason under international law the competent Authority is the Hellenic Anti Money Laundering Counter Terrorist Financing and Source of Funds Investigation Authority and more specifically the Financial Sanctions Unit against Terrorist Suspects Unit B Hellenic Anti Money Laundering Counter Terrorist Financing and Source of Funds Investigation Authority Financial Sanctions Unit B against Terrorist Suspects Tel 30 210 3401933 Website www hellenic fiu gr B IMPORT EXPORT RESTRICTIONS MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMPETITIVENESS GENERAL DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY DIRECTORATE OF IMPORT EXPORT REGIMES AND TRADE INSTRUMENTS ADDRESS ERMOU AND KORNAROU 1 ATHENS 105 63 GREECE TEL 30 210 328 6021 328 6022 328 6037 FAX 30 210 328 6094 E MAIL This Email address is being protected from spam bots you need JavaScript enabled to view it Related links http eeas europa eu cfsp sanctions index en htm Last Updated Friday 21 February 2014 Previous Next

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  • Disarmament - Weapons of Mass Destruction - Global Issues
    law stands for Firm in its views on non proliferation Greece supports the globalisation of all the treaties that concern the restriction or banning of weapons of mass destruction which is also the official common position of the European Union In this context our country has signed and ratified without exception all International Agreements on non proliferation of weapons of mass destruction WMD the Non Proliferation Treaty NPT the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty CTBT the Chemical Weapons Convention CWC and the Biological Toxin Weapons Convention BTWC We support the need to resolve the longstanding impasse in the negotiations on the Fissile Material Cut off Treaty FMCT so that oversight of nuclear arms production tests proliferation can be made comprehensive in terms of international law Greece is also a member of all the control regimes on the proliferation of WMD and the technology and materials used for their production These regimes include the NSG Nuclear Suppliers Group on nuclear weapons the MTCR Missiles Technology Control Regime on ballistic missiles the Australian Group AG on chemical and biological weapons the Wassenaar Arrangement on export controls for conventional arms and dual use goods and technology and the Zangger Committee ZC on trafficking in certain types of nuclear fuel Given the real danger of the proliferation of nuclear weapons our country has from the outset been an ardent supporter of the creation of denuclearised zones in sensitive areas of the world There are currently 7 regional nuclear weapon free zones under the Treaties of Antarctica 1961 Tlatelolco 1969 for Latin America and the Caribbean Rarotonga 1986 for the South Pacific Bangkok 1997 for Southeast Asia Mongolia 2000 Semei 2009 for Central Asia and Pelindaba 2009 for Africa of relatively small geopolitical significance while the negotiations on the creation of the Denuclearised Zone of the Middle East which if and when created will be of catalytic importance for nuclear disarmament are still pending Conventional Weapons The most important international agreement governing Conventional Weapons is the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons CCW which is comprised of five protocols and prohibits the use of a weapons with non detectable fragments b mines c incendiary weapons and d blinding laser weapons Greece has signed all of the Convention s protocols and has already ratified four of the five with the fifth in the process of being ratified Greece has also signed and ratified 2002 the Ottawa Convention on the Prohibition of the Use Stockpiling Production and Transfer of Anti Personnel Mines and on their Destruction and in 2010 completed the destruction of all recorded minefields on Greek territory four years ahead of the contractual deadline Since 2001 Greece has followed and participated in the meetings of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons which are carried out every two years with the aim of promoting closer synergy between states on the combating of illicit trade in weapons via the strengthening of national legislation as well as through

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  • Environment – Climate Change - Global Issues
    on Sustainable Development took place on 20 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil The Rio 20 Conference took place 20 years after the first UN Conference on the Environment and Development Rio 1992 which led to the adoption of Agenda 21 and the Rio Principles and ten years after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Johannesburg 2002 which led to the adoption of the Johannesburg Action Plan and the 15 year Work Programme of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development 2003 2017 The main goals of the Rio 20 Conference were to secure a renewed political commitment regarding sustainable development issues to assess progress to date and to confront new challenges The Conference focused mainly on Green Economy in the context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development The Rio 20 Conference adopted a text entitled The future we want a foundation for future work on all levels for the achievement of sustainable development Within the framework of shaping a Post 2015 Development Agenda for eradicating poverty and for sustainable development and given that the target for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals MDGs the eight anti poverty targets was 2015 the UN was called upon to formulate and adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals SDGs before the end of 2015 At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015 more than 150 world leaders adopted the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals also known as the Global Goals aim to end poverty hunger and inequality take action on climate change and the environment improve access to health and education and build strong institutions and partnerships The SDGs have a more ambitious agenda seeking to eliminate rather than reduce poverty and include more demanding targets on health education and gender equality They are universal applying to all countries and all people The agenda also includes issues that were not in the MDGs such as climate change sustainable consumption innovation and the importance of peace and justice for all Climate change is a global environmental and development challenge that impacts many sectors To confront this global challenge the UN Conference on Environment and Development Rio 1992 adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC The Convention which aims at stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system was signed by Greece on 12 June 1992 and went into effect on 2 November 1994 At the 3rd Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC Kyoto 1997 the Kyoto Protocol was adopted setting specific goals for overall reduction of emissions of six greenhouse gases by developed countries for the period 2008 2012 In 2012 the 18th UN Conference on Climate Change in Doha approved an amendment regarding the Kyoto Protocol s second commitment period from 2013 to 2020 when a new global legally binding agreement on climate

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  • Year 2013 - Speeches
    Sea Greece in the EU Greece in International Organizations Global Issues Parliament and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Speeches National Council on Foreign Policy Cultural Diplomacy Current Affairs News Announcements Top Story Statements Speeches Press Briefings Multimedia Videos Photos News Archive Services Citizen Services KEP and Services for Greeks Abroad Translation Service Administrative Affairs Judicial Affairs Merchant Marine Affairs Consular protection by EU Member States Search the Diplomatic and Historical Archives Visas National Visas Schengen Visas Visas for Foreigners travelling to Greece Visas for Greeks travelling abroad Services for Enterprises Tenders Public Consultations Financing and Investment Opportunities Career Opportunities Career Opportunities in the Ministry Career opportunities in International Organisations Volunteerism Contact Directory at the Ministry Greek Missions Abroad Foreign Missions in Greece Home Foreign Policy Parliament and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Speeches Year 2013 Year 2013 Highlights of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Venizelos briefing of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on National Defense and Foreign Affairs Date Wednesday 11 September 2013 Year 2012 6 items Year 2011 3 items Year 2010 2 items Year 2009 1 items Year 2008 2 items Year 2007 2 items Year 2006 2 items Back Tweets by GreeceMFA CAREER OPPORTUNITIES CITIZEN SERVICES SERVICES FOR ENTERPRISES VISAS CONTACT

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  • Year 2012 - Speeches
    Foreign Policy Cultural Diplomacy Current Affairs News Announcements Top Story Statements Speeches Press Briefings Multimedia Videos Photos News Archive Services Citizen Services KEP and Services for Greeks Abroad Translation Service Administrative Affairs Judicial Affairs Merchant Marine Affairs Consular protection by EU Member States Search the Diplomatic and Historical Archives Visas National Visas Schengen Visas Visas for Foreigners travelling to Greece Visas for Greeks travelling abroad Services for Enterprises Tenders Public Consultations Financing and Investment Opportunities Career Opportunities Career Opportunities in the Ministry Career opportunities in International Organisations Volunteerism Contact Directory at the Ministry Greek Missions Abroad Foreign Missions in Greece Home Foreign Policy Parliament and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Speeches Year 2012 Year 2012 Highlights of Deputy FM Kourkoulas s response to a current question in Parliament from SYRIZA MP Rena Dourou regarding the EU multiannual financial framework and cohesion policy Date Monday 12 November 2012 Deputy FM Tsiaras s recommendation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs regarding Ratification of the Greek Canadian Agreement on Youth Mobility Date Wednesday 24 October 2012 Deputy FM Kourkoulas s response to a current question from Chrysi Avgi MP C Pappas on irredentist FYROM propaganda funded by the Greek people Date Thursday 20 September 2012 Briefing of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defense and Foreign Affairs by Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos Date Tuesday 18 September 2012 Foreign Minister Avramopoulos speech in the Parliamentary debate on the government s policy papers Date Saturday 07 July 2012 Foreign Minister Dimas speech at the joint session of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Economic Affairs and Defence and Foreign Affairs regarding Greece s petition for compensation from Germany Date Wednesday 28 March 2012 Year 2013 1 items Year 2011 3 items Year 2010 2 items Year 2009 1 items Year 2008 2 items Year 2007

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  • Year 2011 - Speeches
    Cultural Diplomacy Current Affairs News Announcements Top Story Statements Speeches Press Briefings Multimedia Videos Photos News Archive Services Citizen Services KEP and Services for Greeks Abroad Translation Service Administrative Affairs Judicial Affairs Merchant Marine Affairs Consular protection by EU Member States Search the Diplomatic and Historical Archives Visas National Visas Schengen Visas Visas for Foreigners travelling to Greece Visas for Greeks travelling abroad Services for Enterprises Tenders Public Consultations Financing and Investment Opportunities Career Opportunities Career Opportunities in the Ministry Career opportunities in International Organisations Volunteerism Contact Directory at the Ministry Greek Missions Abroad Foreign Missions in Greece Home Foreign Policy Parliament and Foreign Policy Parliamentary Speeches Year 2011 Year 2011 Foreign Minister Dimas speech in the Parliamentary debate on a vote of confidence in the government Date Wednesday 16 November 2011 Highlights of Foreign Minister Lambrinidis s briefing of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs Date Wednesday 27 July 2011 Foreign Minister Lambrinidis speech in the Parliamentary debate on the PM s call for a vote of confidence in the government Date Tuesday 21 June 2011 Year 2013 1 items Year 2012 6 items Year 2010 2 items Year 2009 1 items Year 2008 2 items

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