scooby wrote:I don't understand what the British Ambassador to Greece is going to inform people of?...
I wouldn't hold your breath. The water is a bit muddy and will stay like that for a while I should imagine. It's quite obvious people staying after March 2019 should obtain residency, as for reciprocal rights that looks like it is already a done deal hopefully.Kilkis wrote:scooby wrote:I don't understand what the British Ambassador to Greece is going to inform people of?...
Well, for example, whether the withdrawal agreement goes through or there is a no deal, there will be a new arrangement regarding permits/visas for UK citizens living long term in each member state. The details of that arrangement are not specified in either the December protocol or the draft withdrawal agreement, only the general principles, and the details may well be different in each member state. Personally I have sent an advance question asking the ambassador if the embassy has had any discussion with the relevant Greek authorities as to what the process will be in Greece in either scenario, do they know now what the process will be, if not do they know when they will be informed and how they will disseminate the information to UK ex-pats when they do have the information. For those leaving Greece before 29 March 2019 it is of no real interest and they can indeed save their petrol. For those intending to stay beyond it is of interest. Whether I will get a useful reply I have no idea but I consider it a valid enquiry. Others may not.
As an example the Directive that currently defines the conditions under which people may stay in a member state long term allows member states to establish a registration system but does not compel them to do so. Each member state can choose to not have a registration system, to have a voluntary system or to have a compulsory system. The Directive specifies what conditions should be imposed but says nothing about how in detail the system will work. As far as I can tell the same is true of the arrangements that will exist after Brexit whether it is through a deal or through a no-deal. Cyprus has published how its system will work in the event of the withdrawal agreement being implemented but nothing about what happens in the event of a no-deal. As far as I know Greece has published nothing.
Kilkis wrote:The Vrysses meeting went ahead. I attended and will post some thoughts on the discussion in a separate thread later today. Driving there and back was pretty bad as it was for the last meeting in Chania. Perhaps the Greek gods are demonstrating their displeasure with the UK government for voting to leave the EU?
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