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by Kilkis
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Paying Electric bills
Replies: 16
Views: 1303

Re: Paying Electric bills

Good point, altohb, and useful information for others BUT I think Moggieman is looking for something automatic. The arrangement he uses now to pay these bills will no longer function in a few months so he is looking for an alternative that will replace it without him having to become too actively in...
by Kilkis
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Paying Electric bills
Replies: 16
Views: 1303

Re: Paying Electric bills

As an update to the original question, I checked with a friend today, who has set up Direct Debits to pay all his bills, that you only need to set it up with the bank. You do not need to visit the company, the bank informs them. In my area, ΔΕΥΑΒΑ, you can pay the water bill online but the payment c...
by Kilkis
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Pireaus Bank
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: Pireaus Bank

To quote the comedian Al Murray when explaining the Euro crisis: ‘it’s much more complicated than that’ (it’s on YouTube - funny but not for the faint-hearted)... I wish you hadn't posted that. I've just spent 2 hours watching Al Murray clips. The last 6 minutes of this one are quite good. He expla...
by Kilkis
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Pireaus Bank
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: Pireaus Bank

It is odd that governments throughout the world justify increasing government spending based on a multiplier greater than 1, i.e. each €/£/$1 increase in government spending will generate more than €/£/$1 increase in economic output. Often very large multipliers are claimed. If they believe that, wh...
by Kilkis
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Politics
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Politics

A philosopher, whose name I cannot remember, analysed the original Greek democracies and concluded that any democracy was bound to fail because the people would simply vote for whoever promised them the most. As the promises increased it would reach a point where the promises simply could not be met...
by Kilkis
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Chatter
Topic: Politics
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Politics

A definition I found today in a newsletter email I received today, originally penned by by American satirist Ambrose Bierce: “Politics (noun). A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.” I think this is applicable worldwide. An...
by Kilkis
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Water Shortage
Replies: 18
Views: 2083

Re: Water Shortage

As a follow up to the original post, today I received my latest water bill and it included a leaflet along similar lines to my first post. The leaflet is in both Greek and English, which is quite unusual. I have never received any other official leaflet in English, although some banks do have copies...
by Kilkis
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 40
Views: 4544

Re: Greek Driving Licence

Any suggestions??? Bob. I would be inclined to sort it out early rather than waiting until March. OK it loses you a bit off the validity time of the licence but that is pretty small compared to screwing up a holiday. Also I would go to KEP and ask them if they know how it will work. For example: 1 ...
by Kilkis
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Pireaus Bank
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: Pireaus Bank

Slightly off topic but the finance minister claims that they are going to carry out further relaxation on capital controls soon but he doesn't give any details. See ekathimerini article.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Pireaus Bank
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: Pireaus Bank

For those of us that are tax resident in Greece, use of electronic payment is essential to ensure we get the maximum tax rebate, the Greek equivalent of a tax free allowance. That change in the tax code altered my purchasing habit from 90 % cash to getting on for 90 % card. Until I came to Greece, I...
by Kilkis
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: How to become a greek resident
Replies: 54
Views: 2186

Re: How to become a greek resident

Connect the dots Chrissy
Kilkis wrote:...As Filippos said you can never totally predict what they will require...
Jason64 wrote:...tried showing just our private health cards, but they wanted to see actual policy,...

Kilkis wrote:If they won't accept an EHIC as healthcover...


Try EHIC. If it doesn't work THEN go the Stavros route.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: How to become a greek resident
Replies: 54
Views: 2186

Re: How to become a greek resident

If they won't accept an EHIC as healthcover, Stavros, who is an insurance agent who often gives good advice on this forum, can provide a basic health insurance that satisfies residency requirements at low cost.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: How to become a greek resident
Replies: 54
Views: 2186

Re: How to become a greek resident

Oooops. I forgot to mention AFM. Obviously if you have item 11, Greek tax statement it would be on there but if not make sure you have it with you. Most of the things on my list will never be asked for but if you have them with you it doesn't do any harm and you can never predict what requirement a ...
by Kilkis
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: How to become a greek resident
Replies: 54
Views: 2186

Re: How to become a greek resident

I wouldn't start the online process unless you know you are going to be here!!! It will result in an appointment and if you cannot meet that appointment I don't know what the consequences would be. Because of your circumstances I would go to the police station on your first day in Crete on your next...
by Kilkis
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: New Technical Guidance Notes
Replies: 0
Views: 182

New Technical Guidance Notes

The UK government issued a new set of technical guidance notes to advise people what will happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit. A couple of them are of relevance to UK ex-pats living in Greece: Travelling to the EU with a UK passport if there’s no Brexit deal . Currently, because the UK is part o...

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