Certification of diplomas and professional qualifications

Recognition of professional qualifications in the EU.

Your profession may be regulated in the EU country where you intend to settle.

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NARIC

Certification of diplomas from foreign Universities and Technological Institutions.

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Diploma certification and parity

Granting parity and certification of and on qualifications for Technical and Vocational Education diplomas.

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Legal - Family Issues

The European e-Justice Portal

The European e-Justice Portal is a one-stop-shop online justice service.

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Filing of judicial documents – Search/publication of will – Arrests, detentions and imprisonment of Greeks abroad

Judicial cases are primarily the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights.

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Cross – border family issues and inheritance issues within the EU

Inheritance issues within the EU.

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Education, Training, Research

Technological Bodies

National Research and Technology Network SA GRNET / Greek Atomic Energy Commission EEAE/ Science Park PSP SA/Science Dissemination Centre & NOESIS Museum of Technology /NOESIS.

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Research Institutions

Athena-Research Centre for Innovation in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies National Observatory of Athens  NOA/National Hellenic Research Foundation NHRF/ National Centre for Research and Technological Development CERTH/ National Centre for Research in Natural Sciences Hellenic Institute PASTER HPI/ Hellenic Centre for Marine Research HCMR /Research Centre for Biomedical Sciences ‘Alexander Fleming’ BSRC A. Fleming/ Institute of Technology and Research FORTH.

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State Scholarship Foundation (IKY)

The State Scholarship Foundation was founded in 1951 and since then has had a long history of historic contributions to the promotion of education, science, art, language and Greek culture.

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Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI)

Information on study programs, Higher Education Institutions and Scholarships for studies in Greece.

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Database of education / training opportunities

The “Ploigos” was created by EOPPEP in order to provide all Greek citizens with information about education and training opportunities provided in Greece at all levels of education and all types of education .

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Greek language

Portal for the Greek language

Provision of electronic tools (electronic dictionaries, textbooks) and support material for the study and teaching of the Greek language at home and abroad.

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Greek Language Centre

Certification of Greek Language: support for the teaching of learning the Greek language as a second language.

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Greek Language and Culture Teaching Centre

Development of educational and research activities with the main focus on a love of the Greek language and culture, the intercultural and multicultural contact and interaction of young people from all over the world.

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Centre for Intercultural Education – University of Patras

Providing expatriates and foreigners with assistance in learning about the Greek language and culture.

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School of Modern Greek Language – at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Teaching Modern Greek as a second foreign language, certification of the knowledge level of Modern Greek as a second foreign language.

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Laboratory of Intercultural and Immigration Studies – University of Crete

Promotion of education and training of Greeks in the Diaspora and especially of Greeks abroad, repatriated Greeks and foreigners in Greece.

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Entrepreneurship

Electronic Business Start-up Service

Digital platform through which the interested party sets up his business himself, without the need to visit any public Service.

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Attracting investments in Greece and promoting exports (Enterprise Greece)

Information on investment opportunities in Greece in all cutting-edge industries.

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Start-up Entrepreneurship

Ρrojects and funds about starting a new innovative business.

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Social economy

Information on procedures such as setting up Co-operative Enterprises.

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Εnhancing the Self-Employment of Higher Education Graduates (Cycle 2)

The Action offers higher education graduates the opportunity to start a business in the field of their studies or if they already have a relevant individual business to support it in its further development.

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Strengthening the Establishment and Operation of New Tourism SMEs

The Action aims to strengthen entrepreneurship in the tourism sector through the creation of new micro, small and medium tourism enterprises.

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Operational Program Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Action aims to promote the extroversion of Greek manufacturing companies that are already exporting, through their participation in trade fairs organized in the EU and in third countries.

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NSRF (Business Programs)

Detailed information on Οperational Programs.

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Upgrading of  micro & small enterprises

Subsidy opportunities for upgrading micro & small enterprises to develop their capabilities in new markets.

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National Entrepreneurship and Development Fund

It is a link in the financial cycle of financing between the small and medium-sized enterprise and the bank, assuming that part of the business risk of the small and medium-sized enterprise that the bank does not take on.

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Directorate of Foreign Funds

Information on setting up and operating a business. For more information: 5-7 Nikis St, 10180, Athens Tel: 210 3332312 kee@mnec.gr

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Development Law (Private Investment Aid)

The purpose of the law is to promote balanced development with respect for environmental resources, technological upgrading, the formation of a new extroverted national identity (branding), the improvement of competitiveness in areas of high value, the movement in the value chain for the production of more complex products, the offer of better services and finally the securing of a better position of the country in the International Division of Labour. For more information: LEGAL SUPPORT AND INVESTOR INFORMATION DEPARTMENT  Department of Development Laws, General Directorate of Private Investments Address: 23-25 Lekka St,​​(5th floor), Athens Email: infodesk@mnec.gr Tel: + 30 210 3258800 – 804

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Equifund (Business Participation Fund)

Initiative for the release of new social and economic opportunities aimed at the exploitation of the important human capital in Greece and the Greek Diaspora.

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Startup enterprises

Information, networking and co-operation that aims to create a new generation of entrepreneurs in Greece.

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Citizenship Residence Permits (Visa)

Acquisition of Greek citizenship – Information from the Ministry of Interior

Information on the Acquisition of Greek citizenship.

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Residence Permits

Information on the issuance of a residence permit.

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Visas

This section includes all the information on visa issues either for Greeks travelling abroad or for foreigners travelling to Greece and the SCHENGEN area.

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Social Security and Benefits

Inclusion of insurance paid while abroad

Everything you need to know about the social benefits you are entitled to when moving within the EU, the EEA and Switzerland.

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Inclusion of insurance paid while abroad

Everything you need to know about the social benefits you are entitled to when moving within the EU, the EEA and Switzerland.

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Social economy

Information on procedures such as setting up Co-operative Enterprises.

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Central Information Service of the Ministry of Labour on issues of labour, social security and solidarity – IRIS

IRIS is the central information service of the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity. It was created to provide every citizen with timely and valid information.

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Implementation of European Union Regulations (Ministry of Labour)

Within the EU, rules for the co-ordination of social security systems have been agreed and applied which are common and uniform in all Member States.

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Εnhancing the Self-Employment of Higher Education Graduates (Cycle 2)

The Action offers higher education graduates the opportunity to start a business in the field of their studies or if they already have a relevant individual business to support it in its further development.

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Transnational Contracts and Relations with International Organizations in the area of social security

Information on Transnational Contracts and Relations in the area of social security.

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Social Security Rights within the EU (European Commission)

Read on to find out when to apply for a Social Security benefit, what you are entitled to and how to apply.

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Implementation of European Union Regulations (Ministry of Labour)

Within the EU, rules for the co-ordination of social security systems have been agreed and applied which are common and uniform in all Member States.

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Cross-border healthcare

Providing information for patients, healthcare providers and health professionals in general on cross-border healthcare in Member States of the European Union.

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Embassies - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Services provided by Consulates

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is at the service of Greek citizens and expatriates for the processing of procedural cases and in case of emergency assistance abroad.

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Contact information for Greek Embassies in every country

Contact details for Embassies by country.

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Translation Service

Under Greek law (Article 36 of the Bar Code), official translations can be issued by lawyers with full power vis-à-vis any magistrate or other authority, provided that they have sufficient knowledge of the language of translation. However, in the event that the document being translated is to be used abroad, clarification, that the foreign body concerned accepts translations from Greek Lawyers, is recommended.

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Administrative Services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

(Passports, Hospitalisations, Tax, Customs, Relocations, Recruitment, Registration, Power of Attorney, Transport of Body, Bones and Ashes)

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Military Obligations

Military service Information for Foreign Residents

Details for foreign residents.

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Information on military matters concerning permanent residents abroad

It should be noted that in this section only general reference is made to military obligations and is in accordance with the current regulations. For the special cases of each interested party, you are advised to contact the local conscription offices or the conscription departments of the Ministry of National Defense.

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Postponement of military service for scientists at the European Nuclear Research Organisation (CERN)

Postponement of military service of researchers of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

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Redemption of remaining period of service

It is possible to redeem the remaining term of military service, if one has completed the thirty-third year (33rd) year of age and is classified as having fulfilled a period of actual military service of twenty (20) days.

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Recognition of time spent in military service in the Armed Forces of an allied state or a member state of the European Union

The time that a Greek citizen has spent in military service in the Armed Forces of the EU or an allied member state to the EU is recognized as covering an individual’s military service and any additional military obligations they have. Those who do not fully meet the above obligations can redeem the difference within two months, after prior recognition of at least 3 months of armed service in the regular armed forces of an allied state or a member state of the European Union.

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Postponement of military service

Postponement of military service due to studies and social reasons.

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Exemption from military service

Information on exemption from compulsory military service.

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Deferment of ranking of doctoral degree holders who excel in scientific work or research abroad.

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Taxation

Services of the General Secretariat of Information Systems

The Services of the General Secretariat of Information Systems are available here.

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Information for Citizens and Businesses

Payment scheme, currency, customs information, issues of international administrative co-operation and so on.

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International tax and customs matters

Find all relevant information and forms related to Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements.

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International tax and customs matters

Find all relevant information and forms related to Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements.

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Cross-border tax issues of citizens within the EU

Detailed National laws and transnational tax agreements for those who spend some time in EU countries other than their own.

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Avoidance of Double Taxation

Information for Citizens and Businesses regarding payment schemes, currency, customs information, issues of international administrative co-operation and so on.

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e - Public Administration

Ratification Department Ministry of  Foreign Affairs

Service and Information Centre for Greek Citizens and Greeks Abroad.

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Services of the General Secretariat of Information Systems (TAXISnet)

Log in to your TAXISnet account.

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Land Registry

Learn about the services and procedures of the Land Registry.

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Central Internet Portal of the public administration “HERMES”

The “HERMES” Portal is the Central Internet Portal of public administration, providing information for citizens and businesses and electronic services.

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e – services of the Ministry of Finance

The e-services of the Ministry of Finance can be viewed here

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