The Hellenic Parliament is the parliament of Greece, located in the Old Royal Palace, overlooking Syntagma Square in Athens. The Parliament is the supreme democratic institution that represents the citizens through an elected body of Members of Parliament, it is a unicameral legislature of 300 members, elected for a four-year term. During 1844–63 and 1927–35 the parliament was bicameral with an upper house, the Senate, a lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, which retained the name Vouli. Several important Greek statesmen have served as Speakers of the Hellenic Parliament; the first national parliament of the independent Greek state was established in 1843, after the September 3rd Revolution, which forced King Otto to grant a constitution. The Constitution of 1844 established a constitutional monarchy under the decisive power of the monarch, who exercised legislative power jointly with the elected House of Representatives and the appointed Senate, it established the Ministers' accountability vis-à-vis the acts of the monarch, appointing and suspending them.
In October 1862 a rising wave of discontent led the people and the military to rebel again against King Otto and oust him along with the Wittelsbach dynasty. The revolt marked the end of constitutional monarchy and the beginning of a crowned democracy with George Christian Wilhelm of the Schleswig-Holstein-Sønderburg-Glücksburg dynasty as monarch; the Constitution of 1864 created a single-chamber Parliament, elected for a four-year term, abolished the Senate. Moreover, the King preserved the right to convoke ordinary and extraordinary parliamentary sessions, dissolve Parliament at his discretion, as long as the Cabinet signed and endorsed the dissolution decree. With the revisions of 1911 and 1952 it lasted more than a century, with one of its most important elements being the restoration of the principle of popular sovereignty. In 1911, a revision of the constitution resulted in stronger human rights, the reinforcement of the Rule of Law and the modernization of institutions, among them the Parliament.
With regard to the protection of individual rights the most noteworthy amendments to the Constitution of 1864 were a more effective protection of individual security, equality in taxation, the right to assemble and the inviolability of the domicile. Furthermore, the Constitution facilitated expropriation so that land be allocated to poor farmers, while at the same time guaranteeing judicial protection of property rights, it was the first time that the Constitution made provision for mandatory and free education for all, while the process of Constitutional revision was simplified. The Constitution of 1927 made provisions for a head of state that the Parliament and the Senate would elect to serve a five-year term; this "President of the Republic" would be held unaccountable from a political point of view. It recognized the status of political parties as organic elements of the polity and established their proportional representation in the composition of parliamentary committees; this reform of the Constitution is a part of the Second Hellenic Republic, in reference to the Greek State using a republican democracy as a form of governance.
This constitutional change was initiated in January 1924 and initiated on April 13th, 1924 by the Fourth National Assembly. Following World War II, the development of parliamentary institutions resumed in 1948 and in the beginning of the 1950s; the Constitution of 1952 consisted of 114 articles and to a large extent was attached to the Constitutions of 1864 and 1911. Its central innovations were the explicit institutionalization of parliamentarianism and the consolidation for the first time of the voting rights of women, as well as of their right to stand as candidates for parliamentary office. In February 1963 the government of Konstantinos Karamanlis submitted a proposal for an extensive revision of the Constitution, yet the proposal was never put into practice because only a few months after its submission, the government resigned and Parliament dissolved. After seven years of military dictatorship, on 8 December 1974, a referendum was conducted to decide the nature of the form of government.
By a majority of 69.18%, the Greeks decided against a constitutional monarchy and for a parliamentary republic. The Constitution of 1975 was drafted using those of 1952 and 1927, as well as the draft Constitutional revision proposals of 1963, while numerous clauses were based on the West German Constitution of 1949 and the French Constitution of 1958, it included various clauses on individual and social rights, in line with developments at that time, introduced a presidential/parliamentary democracy, wherein the head of state maintained the right to interfere in politics. Greece's current Constitution has been revised three times, with the first one taking place in 1986, when the responsibilities of the President of the Republic were curtailed. In 2001, a extensive revision took place as a total of 79 articles were amended; the new, revised Constitution introduced new individual rights, such as the protection of genetic data and identity or the protection of personal data from electronic processing, new rules of transparency in politics.
It modernized parliamentary functions, propped up decentralization, elevated the status of fundamental Independent Authorities into Constitutional institutions, adopted its provisions on MPs' disqualifications and incompatibilities to current reality a
Greco-Armenian relations refer to the bilateral relations between Armenia and Greece. Due to the strong political and religious ties between the two nations and Greece today enjoy excellent diplomatic relations, they have always been strong both and due to religious and cultural roots and co-existence during the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. All three Presidents of Armenia paid official visits to Greece and there are high-level contacts between the two countries. Greece formally recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1996, while Armenia formally recognized the Greek Genocide in 2015. In the Greek language, Armenia is called Αρμενία, the Armenians are called Αρμένιοι and the Armenian language is called αρμένικα. In the Armenian language, Greece is called Հունաստան, the Greeks are called հույներ and the Greek language is called Հունարեն; the Greek transcription of the Armenian word for Armenia is Χαγιαστάν. The Armenian transcription of the Greek word for the Greek language is էլլինիկա. Both being ancient civilizations and Greeks have co-existed for centuries.
There are ancient notes by Greek historians suggesting of the roots of Armenians. The earliest reference to Armenia was made by the Greek historian Hecataeus of Miletus in 525 BC. According to a hypothesis proposed by linguists during the 20th century, the Armenian and Greek languages share a common ancestor; this has led to the proposal of a Graeco-Armenian language, post-dating the Proto-Indo-European language. Herodotus suggests. Plato had early noticed the similarities between the Phrygian languages. In addition Strabo has written that the ancestral homeland of the Armenians or of their ruling class, prior to their immigration in Asia Minor, was a valley in Thessaly, after which they are named. A chain of ancient references show the close relation between the two peoples. After the destruction of the Seleucid Empire, a Hellenistic Greek successor state of Alexander the Great's short-lived empire, a Hellenistic Armenian state was founded in 190 BC; the Armenian language is said to be influenced from Ancient Greek, but both languages developed differently over time.
The Armenian alphabet, being written from left to right and not from right to left like other scripts of the Mediterranean Basin or Middle East, has a certain Greek flavour. During the Byzantine Empire's era and Greeks co-existed in relative peace thanks to their religious ties. Armenians constituted an integral part of the Empire in its early centuries, with many of the Byzantine Emperors being Armenian and/or having Armenian blood; the Macedonian Dynasty is considered the era in which the Byzantine Empire reached its greatest extent since the Muslim Conquests and the Macedonian Renaissance in letters and arts began. The dynasty was named after its founder, Basil I the Macedonian, descended from the theme of Macedonia; the dynasty's founder and many subsequent emperors were of Armenian descent, hence the dynasty is referred to by some authors as the "Armenian Dynasty". However, because of the differences that existed between Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic Christianity, Byzantine emperors tried to conquer the Armenian Bagratuni Dynasty Kingdom and impose Greek Orthodoxy.
They achieved this in 1045 after many attempts. This weakened both Byzantines and Armenians alike, in consequence, they weren't able to keep the Turks away from Armenia who left it undefended and from the rest of Anatolia Regardless, these two nations co-existed under Seljuk and Ottoman empire. Greece was one of the first countries to recognize Armenia's independence on September 21, 1991. Both countries have an embassy in their respective capitals. Greece is one of the countries that have recognized the Armenian Genocide and is one of the few countries that has criminalized the denial of the Genocide. Since the declaration of independence in Armenia, the two countries have been partners within the framework of international organizations, whilst Greece supports the community programs aimed at further developing relations between the European Union and Armenia. Continuous visits of the highest level have shown that both countries want to continue to improve the levels of friendship and cooperation.
The President of Armenia Levon Ter-Petrossian visited Greece in 1996, the President of Greece Costis Stephanopoulos visited Armenia in 1999, the President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan visited Greece in 2000 and 2005. Additionally, the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan visited Greece in 2011 and in 2014 Armenia welcomed the Greek President Karolos Papoulias in Yerevan. Greece is, after Russia, one of the major military partners of Armenia. Armenian officers are trained in Greek military academies, various technical assistance is supplied by Greece. Since 2003, an Armenian platoon has been deployed in Kosovo as part of KFOR's Greek battalion. In 2011 Armenia’s military attaché to Greece and Cyprus, Colonel Samvel Ramazyan, said that the Armenian-Greek military cooperation continues to develop. Both countries have signed bilateral treaties which include: Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement Agreement on the Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments Cooperation Agreement in th
2004 Summer Olympics
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad and known as Athens 2004, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, from 13 to 29 August 2004 with the motto Welcome Home. The Games saw 10,625 athletes compete, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team officials from 201 countries. There were 301 medal events in 28 different sports. Athens 2004 marked the first time since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee were in attendance. 2004 marked the return of the Olympic Games to the city where they began. Having hosted the Olympics in 1896, Athens became one of only four cities to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games on two separate occasions. A new medal obverse was introduced at these Games, replacing the design by Giuseppe Cassioli, used since the 1928 Games; this rectified the long lasting mistake of using a depiction of the Roman Colosseum rather than a Greek venue. The new design features the Panathenaic Stadium.
The 2004 Summer Games were hailed as "unforgettable, dream games" by IOC President Jacques Rogge, left Athens with a improved infrastructure, including a new airport, ring road, subway system. There have been arguments regarding the cost of the 2004 Athens Summer Games and their possible contribution to the Greek government-debt crisis, there is little or no evidence for such a correlation; the 2004 Olympics were deemed to be a success, with the rising standard of competition amongst nations across the world. The final medal tally was led by the United States, followed by China and Russia with the host Greece at 15th place. Several World and Olympic records were broken during these Games. Athens was chosen as the host city during the 106th IOC Session held in Lausanne on 5 September 1997. Athens had lost its bid to organize the 1996 Summer Olympics to Atlanta nearly seven years before on 18 September 1990, during the 96th IOC Session in Tokyo. Under the direction of Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Athens pursued another bid, this time for the right to host the Summer Olympics in 2004.
The success of Athens in securing the 2004 Games was based on Athens' appeal to Olympic history and the emphasis that it placed on the pivotal role that Greece and Athens could play in promoting Olympism and the Olympic Movement. Furthermore, unlike their bid for the 1996 Games, criticized for its overall disorganization and arrogance—wherein the bid lacked specifics and relied upon sentiment and the notion that it was Athens' right to organize the Centennial Games—the bid for the 2004 Games was lauded for its humility and earnestness, its focused message, its detailed bid concept; the 2004 bid addressed concerns and criticisms raised in its unsuccessful 1996 bid – Athens' infrastructural readiness, its air pollution, its budget, politicization of Games preparations. Athens' successful organization of the 1997 World Championships in Athletics the month before the host city election was crucial in allaying lingering fears and concerns among the sporting community and some IOC members about its ability to host international sporting events.
Another factor which contributed to Athens' selection was a growing sentiment among some IOC members to restore the values of the Olympics to the Games, a component which they felt was lost during the criticized over-commercialization of Atlanta 1996 Games. Subsequently, the selection of Athens was motivated by a lingering sense of disappointment among IOC members regarding the numerous organizational and logistical setbacks experienced during the 1996 Games. After leading all voting rounds, Athens defeated Rome in the 5th and final vote. Cape Town and Buenos Aires, the three other cities that made the IOC shortlist, were eliminated in prior rounds of voting. Six other cities submitted applications, but their bids were dropped by the IOC in 1996; these cities were Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan, Saint Petersburg and Cali. The 2004 Summer Olympic Games cost the Government of Greece €8.954 billion to stage. According to the cost-benefit evaluation of the impact of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games presented to the Greek Parliament in January 2013 by the Minister of Finance Mr. Giannis Stournaras, the overall net economic benefit for Greece was positive.
The Athens 2004 Organizing Committee, responsible for the preparation and organisation of the Games, concluded its operations as a company in 2005 with a surplus of €130.6 million. ATHOC contributed €123.6 million of the surplus to the Greek State to cover other related expenditures of the Greek State in organizing the Games. As a result, ATHOC reported in its official published accounts a net profit of €7 million; the State's contribution to the total ATHOC budget was 8% of its expenditure against an anticipated 14%. The overall revenue of ATHOC, including income from tickets, broadcasting rights, merchandise sales etc. totalled €2,098.4 million. The largest percentage of that income came from broadcasting rights; the overall expenditure of ATHOC was €1,967.8 million. Analysts refer to the "Cost of the Olympic Games" by taking into account not only the Organizing Committee's budget directly related to the Olympic Games, but the cost incurred by the hosting country during preparation, i.e. the large projects required for the upgrade of the country's infrastructure, including sports infrastructure, airports, power grid etc.
This cost, however, is not directly attributable to the act
The National Diet is Japan's bicameral legislature. It is composed of a lower house called the House of Representatives, an upper house, called the House of Councillors. Both houses of the Diet are directly elected under parallel voting systems. In addition to passing laws, the Diet is formally responsible for selecting the Prime Minister; the Diet was first convened as the Imperial Diet in 1889 as a result of adopting the Meiji Constitution. The Diet took its current form in 1947 upon the adoption of the post-war constitution, which considers it the highest organ of state power; the National Diet Building is in Nagatachō, Tokyo. The houses of the Diet are both elected under parallel voting systems; this means that the seats to be filled in any given election are divided into two groups, each elected by a different method. Voters are asked to cast two votes: one for an individual candidate in a constituency, one for a party list. Any national of Japan at least 18 years of age may vote in these elections.
The age of 18 replaced 20 in 2016. Japan's parallel voting system is not to be confused with the Additional Member System used in many other nations; the Constitution of Japan does not specify the number of members of each house of the Diet, the voting system, or the necessary qualifications of those who may vote or be returned in parliamentary elections, thus allowing all of these things to be determined by law. However it does guarantee universal adult suffrage and a secret ballot, it insists that the electoral law must not discriminate in terms of "race, sex, social status, family origin, property or income". The election of Diet members is controlled by statutes passed by the Diet; this is a source of contention concerning re-apportionment of prefectures' seats in response to changes of population distribution. For example, the Liberal Democratic Party had controlled Japan for most of its post-war history, it gained much of its support from rural areas. During the post-war era, large numbers of people were relocating to the urban centers in the seeking of wealth.
The Supreme Court of Japan began exercising judicial review of apportionment laws following the Kurokawa decision of 1976, invalidating an election in which one district in Hyōgo Prefecture received five times the representation of another district in Osaka Prefecture. The Supreme Court has since indicated that the highest electoral imbalance permissible under Japanese law is 3:1, that any greater imbalance between any two districts is a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. In recent elections the malapportionment ratio amounted to 4.8 in the House of Councillors and 2.3 in the House of Representatives. Candidates for the lower house must be 25 years old or older and 30 years or older for the upper house. All candidates must be Japanese nationals. Under Article 49 of Japan's Constitution, Diet members are paid about ¥1.3 million a month in salary. Each lawmaker is entitled to employ three secretaries with taxpayer funds, free Shinkansen tickets, four round-trip airplane tickets a month to enable them to travel back and forth to their home districts.
Article 41 of the Constitution describes the National Diet as "the highest organ of State power" and "the sole law-making organ of the State". This statement is in forceful contrast to the Meiji Constitution, which described the Emperor as the one who exercised legislative power with the consent of the Diet; the Diet's responsibilities include not only the making of laws but the approval of the annual national budget that the government submits and the ratification of treaties. It can initiate draft constitutional amendments, which, if approved, must be presented to the people in a referendum; the Diet may conduct "investigations in relation to government". The Prime Minister must be designated by Diet resolution, establishing the principle of legislative supremacy over executive government agencies; the government can be dissolved by the Diet if it passes a motion of no confidence introduced by fifty members of the House of Representatives. Government officials, including the Prime Minister and Cabinet members, are required to appear before Diet investigative committees and answer inquiries.
The Diet has the power to impeach judges convicted of criminal or irregular conduct. In most circumstances, in order to become law a bill must be first passed by both houses of the Diet and promulgated by the Emperor; this role of the Emperor is similar to the Royal Assent in some other nations. The House of Representatives is the more powerful chamber of the Diet. While the House of Representatives cannot overrule the House of Councillors on a bill, the House of Councillors can only delay the adoption of a budget or a treaty, approved by the House of Representatives, the House of Councillors has no power at all to prevent the lower house from selecting any Prime Minister it wishes. Furthermore, once appointed it is the confidence of the House of Representatives alone that the Prime Minister must enjoy in order to continue in office; the House of Representatives can overrule the upper house in the following circumstances: If a bill is adopted by the House of Representatives and either rejected, amended or not approved within 60 days by th
Chinese-Greek relations are the relations between the People's Republic of China and the Hellenic Republic. China has an embassy in Athens. Greece has an embassy in Beijing and 3 general consulates in Guangzhou, Hong-Kong and since 2005 in Shanghai; the Port of Piraeus is important from a geostrategic view for China, as it helps China's transactions with the whole of Europe. Thousands of Chinese people are living in Greece inside the Overseas Chinese context. Ancient Chinese people contact with Bactrian Greeks. Dayuan, described in the Chinese historical works of Records of the Grand Historian and the Book of Han, it is mentioned in the accounts of the famous Chinese explorer Zhang Qian in 130 BCE and the numerous embassies that followed him into Central Asia. The country of Dayuan is accepted as relating to the Ferghana Valley, its Greek city Alexandria Eschate; these Chinese accounts describe the Dayuan as urbanized dwellers with Caucasian features, living in walled cities and having "customs identical to those of the Greco-Bactrians".
Strabo writes that Bactrian Greeks "extended their empire as far as the Seres and the Phryni". The War of the Heavenly Horses was a war between the Han dynasty. Following the ancient Roman embassies to China recorded in ancient Chinese histories, there appear to have been contacts between the Byzantine Empire and several dynasties of China, beginning with the Tang Dynasty. From Chinese records it is known that Michael VII Doukas of Fu lin dispatched a diplomatic mission to China that arrived in 1081, during the reign of Emperor Shenzong of the Song dynasty. Kublai Khan, the Mongol-ruler who founded the Yuan dynasty of China not only maintained correspondence with the Byzantine Greeks but hosted some of them at his court in Khanbaliq; the History of Yuan records that a certain Ai-sie from the country of Fu lin in the service of Güyük Khan, was well-versed in Western languages and had expertise in the fields of Greek medicine and astronomy that convinced Kublai Khan to offer him a position as the director of medical and astronomical boards.
Kublai Khan honored Ai-sie with the noble title of Prince of Fu lin. In his biography within the History of Yuan his children are mentioned by their Chinese names, which bear similarities to the Christian names Elias and Antony, with a daughter named A-na-si-sz. During the Korean War the two countries were enemies and their forces fought each other; the Greek Expeditionary Force was part of the UN forces. In 1955 Beata Kitsikis founded in Athens the Greece-P. R. of China Association. Her husband, Polytechnicum professor and an EDA leader and member of Parliament, Nicolas Kitsikis, helped her in her endeavor, thus establishing the first unofficial relations between Greece and the People's Republic of China, their son, Dimitri Kitsikis a sinologist, professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada traveled to China establishing close relations with Chairman Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Zhou Enlai and in 2007 wrote, in Greek, an extensive "Comparative History of Greece and China from Antiquity to the Present Day".
Both countries established diplomatic relations on June 6, 1972. The late Prime Minister of Greece Konstantinos Karamanlis visited China in 1979 and was received by China’s leader at that time Hua Guofeng. Konstantinos Karamanlis was the first visiting head of Greek government. Greece, under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, prevented the European Union from issuing statements condemning Chinese aggression in the South China Sea and its human rights record, moves attributed as a response to Chinese investment in the Port of Piraeus. Zhou Enlai gave Luo Niansheng the order to write the first ancient Greek-Chinese dictionary. Luo Nian Sheng translated since the 1950s all major classic Greek works into Chinese. June 2002 Prime Minister of Greece Costas Simitis visited China The Prime Minister of Greece Kostas Karamanlis paid a state visit to China from January 19–21, 2006 June 2008, the President of Greece Karolos Papoulias paid a five-day state visit November 2008, a three-day visit of President of China Hu Jintao to Greece Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang four-day trip to Athens on June 16, 2010 Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras five-day trip to China in May 2013 Agreement on cooperation between police forces.
Cooperation Agreement on combating terrorism and drugs. Maritime agreement. Memorandum of cooperation on management of marine resources and mutual scientific and technical cooperation. Protocol on scientific and technological cooperation. Programme of cultural exchanges for the period 1999 2002. Extended for a further three years in March 2003. Protocol on consultations between the foreign ministries of Greece and China. Protocol of the 8th session of the joint committee on scientific and technological cooperation. Agreement on the Cooperation of Forestry between the State Forestry Administration of the PRC and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Hellenic Republicin. In October 2009 Cosco leased for 30 years part of the Port of Piraeus, the cargo level two years was three times higher than before. In 2010 a $123 million contract between Helios Plaza and BCEGI, a subsidiary of Beijing Construction Engineering Group, real estate company and construction contractor. Helios is developing a hotel and
Canadian-Greek relations are the relations between Canada and Greece. Both countries were the first to change and first exchanged ambassadors in 1942. Both countries are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, NATO and the United Nations. There is a strong Greek community living in Canada. Greek immigration to Canada began in 1843 when Greek migrants began arriving and settling in Montreal. By 1941, over 5,000 Greek migrants were residing in Canada. During World War II both nations fought alongside each other during the Italian Campaign. In 1942, Canada established diplomatic relations with the Greek government-in-exile. Soon afterwards, both nations opened diplomatic missions in each other's capitals, respectively. Today, over 243,000 Canadians claim Greek descent. In 2012, both nations celebrated 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between both nations.
Agreement on Taxation of Shipping companies Agreement on Social Security Agreement on Regular Air Transport Revised Agreement on Regular Air Transport Agreement on the Avoidance of double taxation Canada's main exports to Greece are paper, machinery, vegetables and pharmaceutical products. Canadian merchandise imports from Greece include preserved food products, aluminium and oils, fertilizers. Greece's business community with relations to Canada and Canadian companies operating in Greece set up the Hellenic-Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 1996, whose mission is to foster the development of business relations between the two countries in trade, finance and investments. Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Greece reached $303 million CAD in 2014. Canadian exports to Greece totaled $117 million CAD, led by furs and pharmaceutical products. Greek exports to Canada totaled $186 million CAD in 2014, led by food products, fats and iron/steel. Canada has an embassy in Athens. Greece has an embassy in Ottawa and consulates-general in Montreal and Vancouver.
Embassy of Greece in Ottawa Greek Canadians Canada–European Union relations Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
Greek-Kenyan relations are bilateral relations between Greece and Kenya. Greece has an Honorary Consulate in Mombasa. Kenya is represented in Greece through its embassy in Italy. Greece and Kenya have the following bilateral treaties: The present framework of treaties consists of the following agreements: Negotiation Protocol between the Foreign Ministries Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement Agreement on Legal Aid for Civil and Commercial Affairs. Law 730/1937.. Extradition Agreement.. Government Gazette. 41 /1912. A Tourist Agreement between Greece and Kenya agreed upon in 2003 is pending signature. In November 1998, the Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos visited Kenya. In the 1999 Ocalan affair the Greek consul in Kenya, George Costoulas, harbored PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. Ocalan moved from Syria to Italy to Russia to Greece and the Greek Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 2, 1999. Turkish commandos captured Ocalan with the aid of Kenyan security forces. Following the arrest the Kenya government shuffled its Cabinet over the public outcry over its "murky role" in the affair.
Kenyan Finance Minister Simeon Nyachae resigned rather than accept a demotion to head the Ministry of Industrial Development. Frank Kwinga, who headed the Immigration portfolio, Duncan Wachira, the Police Commissioner, were both dismissed from their positions. Noah Katanangala, the Minister of Land Settlement, was moved to another post in the government. Three Greek officials were removed from office over the affair. In the first half of 2003 Greece held the Presidency of the European Union and was subsequently elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council; this created a favourable framework for promoting Greece's relations with Africa Kenya, which plays an active role in Central Africa, as seen in her intervention within the framework of IGAD, on the issue of Southern Sudan. The Athens Chamber of Trade and Industry undertook an exploratory visit in 2001 to identify areas for promoting trade relations with Kenya in the foodstuffs and cosmetics sectors, it is expected that the negotiations between the European Union and the ACP countries to establish a new trade regime by the end of 2007 will contribute to the further development of trade with Kenya.
The flow of Greek tourists to Kenya has increased over the last few years in the form of package holidays. Foreign relations of Greece Foreign relations of Kenya Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Kenya