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by Kilkis
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: The Will of the People
Replies: 443
Views: 26911

Re: The Will of the People

The EU has a pragmatic problem. The UK decided to leave the EU on 29 March 2019. The EU has elections for its MEPs in May. Obviously if the UK has left it is no longer entitled to representation in the European Parliament so they have reallocated the UK seats between the 27 other member states. If t...
by Kilkis
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: The Will of the People
Replies: 443
Views: 26911

Re: The Will of the People

Somebody, I can't remember who, made an interesting comment during a TV interview today. They pointed out that the term "no-deal" is a bit of a misnomer. While it is true that at 23:01 on 29 March there would not be any deals in place but then you have to set about negotiating thousands of...
by Kilkis
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 104
Views: 12849

Re: Greek Driving Licence

Because, contrary to what is often portrayed, the EU is a collection of 28 independent sovereign states. There is only uniformity where the EU, and that means the 28 sovereign states through their elected leaders and their elected MPs, has decided it would be of benefit to the EU to have uniformity....
by Kilkis
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 104
Views: 12849

Re: Greek Driving Licence

To clarify my previous post: There are three types of IDP: The 1926 Convention, the 1949 Convention and the 1968 Convention. The RAC issues the first two but nobody issues the third one yet in the UK. The post office will start issuing them after 31 January 2019. No country in the EU uses the 1926 C...
by Kilkis
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 104
Views: 12849

Re: Greek Driving Licence

I believe that the IDP issued by the RAC is not the correct version for Greece. There are two conventions as discussed earlier in the thread. The UK is a signatory to the convention under which IDPs are issued for Spain, for example, but will not be a signatory to the one suitable for Greece until t...
by Kilkis
Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: UK gov't updates
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

Re: UK gov't updates

If you look closely at the UK government's statement on granting rights to EU citizens living in the UK in the event of no-deal you will see it has a footnote: "Subject to reciprocal agreements". In other words if any member state wants the rights of its citizens living in the UK to be res...
by Kilkis
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Block on renewal of IKA books due to BREXIT
Replies: 38
Views: 4000

Re: Block on renewal of IKA books due to BREXIT

I went to IKA yesterday and got a copy of the ΥΠΕΥΘΥΝΗ ΔΗΛΩΣΗ for 2019. The declaration is: Δεν συνταξιοδοτούμαι ούτε ασφαλίζομαι από ‘αλλο Ασφαλιστικό Φορέα. Σε περίπτωση ασφάλισης ή συνδαξιοδότησης μου από άλλο φορέα στο μέλλον υποχρεούμαι να το γνωστοποιήσω εγκαίρως στο ΕΦΚΑ – ΤΕΩΣ ΙΚΑ ΕΤΑΜ Rough...
by Kilkis
Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 104
Views: 12849

Re: Greek Driving Licence

I think you misunderstand what she was saying. I think she is saying that you should not have continued driving on a UK licence for over 5 years. It is a debatable topic. Article 11 Paragraph 1 of Directive DIRECTIVE 2006/126/EC states: 1. Where the holder of a valid national driving licence issued ...
by Kilkis
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: UK gov't updates
Replies: 16
Views: 2122

Re: UK gov't updates

It would be interesting to know if Italy and Spain have simply decided to do this of their own volition, like the UK has promised to protect EU citizens rights in the event of a no-deal, or there has been bilateral negotiation between the UK and Spanish/Italian governments.

Warwick
by Kilkis
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: UK mobile providers
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: UK mobile providers

I also have a PAYG Virgin SIM. I access my Virgin mobile account on my desktop PC, e.g. to top up credit, without any problem. See "Sign in" at top right of https://www.virginmedia.com/mobile/?slide-id=1 . Make sure to sign in to "Mobile" not "Media".

Warwick
by Kilkis
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: The Will of the People
Replies: 443
Views: 26911

Re: The Will of the People

There have been three cases where a member state held a referendum on a new treaty and rejected it. The treaty was then changed to allow that member state to opt out of the particular sections of the treaty that they objected to. A second referendum was then held and was passed. That is not quite th...
by Kilkis
Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion & News
Topic: Greek Driving Licence
Replies: 104
Views: 12849

Re: Greek Driving Licence

I'm not sure. When I exchanged my licence there was only one sort of permit that had to be renewed every 5 years. At that time that permit must have been issued at least 95 days before you submitted the application to exchange the licence. The current beige and blue certificates came into force arou...
by Kilkis
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: The Will of the People
Replies: 443
Views: 26911

Re: The Will of the People

Perhaps the threat of WTO would be sufficient reason for the EU to reconsider. If the vote fails on Tuesday then there is a very simple way to find out. All Theresa May has to do is write a letter to Michel Barnier telling him that it is not possible to get parliament to agree to the negotiated deal...
by Kilkis
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Brexit and Living in Greece
Topic: The Will of the People
Replies: 443
Views: 26911

Re: The Will of the People

I am not sure what putting forward different options now would achieve? There are only three options that are within the control of the UK parliament and can be met within the existing timescale: 1 Accept the May deal. 2 Do nothing and revert to WTO rules for all UK trade on 30 March. 3 Revoke Artic...
by Kilkis
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Computers, TV, Telephone and Internet
Topic: UK mobile providers
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: UK mobile providers

I am surprised that they would disable "roaming" BUT they are entitled to disable "free roaming", i.e. they can increase the charges for calls to/from outside the UK, even within the EU, under their fair use policy. All providers can do this, although the details of the policy ma...

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