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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 02 March 2019
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2019 NEWS Terens Quick promises to resolve the payment delays for Greek pensioners living in Melbourne Neos Kosmos’ report was met with a swift response from both the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne and the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Consul General of Greece in Melbourne Dimitrios Michalopoulos' intervention to communicate the concerns of the Greek Australian community to the ministries and relevant services in Athens regarding the delays in pension payments from Greece to the entitled recipients has been swift and successful. The issue was brought to attention when Neos Kosmos, following several complaints by frustrated readers who had been long trying to contact the social security services of Greece seeking a response on why their pensions had not yet been paid, decided to investigate the issue. Mr Michalopoulos contacted Greece's Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Terens Quick, who also committed to resolving the issues as soon as possible. As a result, Mr Quick will gather the contact details of any Greek Australian citizens who are entitled to a pension from Greece, who will look into it and demand answers from financial institutions and relevant services that Greece’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Terens Quick during Question Time in the House Of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra last year. PHOTO: AAP/MICK TSIKAS have failed to follow through with payments. Elders whose pensions have been withheld, are advised to contact Neos Kosmos (even those who have previously done so) with their full name, AMKA, Tax file number, Insurance Organisation or So- cial Security Organisation they are registered to, as well as the date of the last pension payment they have received. The contact details will be forwarded to Mr Quick, who will in turn pass the cases on to the relevant services. Readers can contact us via phone on (03)9482 4433, via email at editor@neoskosmos. com.au or via mail to editor c/o Neos Kosmos, P.O. Box 6068, Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122. SPECIFICALLY, GREECE'S DEPUTY FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER SENT THE FOLLOWING LETTER TO NEOS KOSMOS' JOURNALIST EUGENIA PAVLOPOULOU, WHO INVESTIGATED THE ISSUE: "Dear Mrs Pavlopoulou, The General Consul of Greece in Melbourne, Mr Dimitrios Michalopoulos has brought to my attention your recent reports regarding delayed pension payments from the Social Security Foundation (IKA) as well as the Agricultural Insurance Organisation (OGA). Because no one should delay payments not even for one day -even if it is just for 1 euro- any pension that should be granted to those entitled to it (and in this case Greek Australian citizens of Melbourne), I have sent to the Consulate the following instruction: Thank you warmly for your effective investigative report." THE MINISTER'S INSTRUCTION “Pension payments from IKA and OGA to entitled recipients - residents of Mel- bourne, Australia: Delays in the process. In regards to the information I received via your document dated 20 February 2019 (ΑΠ: Φ564/ΑΣ133), I will ask you to please: -Put together a list with all the names of the Greek Australian pensioners that have issues with delayed pension payments -Entitled recipients should provide full name, AMKA, Tax File Number, Insurance Organisation and date of most recent pension payment -Said list will be sent to EFKA (OGA, IKA, etc) as well as to Piraeus Bank asking them to justify the delays as well as to provide a deadline as to when the person/s responsible for the delays will resolve the issue ensuring the elders of the Australian Community receive the pensions they are entitled to. Meanwhile, I'm reminding you that I had followed commensurate action in June 2017 following my visit to Sydney where I had been informed of similar complaints. Thank you for your cooperation. Evzones at this year’s Greek National Day celebrations Down Under The evzones', also known as the Hellenic Presidential Guard, presence at National Day celebrations in Australia has developed into somewhat of a tradition over the past few years. But this year, the Evzones will be staying put at their posts in Greece, reportedly due to a lack of funding. "We had the promise of the Victorian state government that the evzones would be coming, but unfortunately it hasn't been upheld," said Antonis Tsourdalakis, general secretary of the Greek National Day celebration organising committee. "Instead, they have told us that they are planing big things for 2021, when we will celebrate 200 years of Greek independence." Published by Ethnic Publications Pty Ltd (ABN: 13005 255 087) of 169 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122. Printed by Streamline Press Pty Ltd, 155 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065. 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Christopher Gogos Editor-in-chief: Sotiris Hatzimanolis English Editor: Mary Sinanidis Journalists: Nelly Skoufatoglou, Eugenia Pavlopoulou, Zoe Thomaidou, Anastasia Tsirtsakis Contributors: Mary Lalios, Debbie Xanthopoulos, Penni Papas, Stella Pappas, Zoyee Kartali, Theodora Maios, Andreas Kyprianou, Con Stamocostas, Stamatina Hasiotis, Billy Cotsis, Vasilis Vasilas, Dean Kalimniou, George Stogiannou, Alex Anyfantis Graphic design: Vangelis Karakasis, Anthony Rallis This is in line with the announcement made by the Andrews Labor Government, ahead of the state election in 2018, when it was pledged that if Daniel Andrews were to be re-elected - which he was - that Labor would commit to bringing the Hellenic Presidential Guard back to Australia for the bicente25 March celebrations. "It is a very moving, very Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 very special occasion, and I am very honoured to be there," Premier Andrews said, reflecting on the evzones' visit over the past three years. "We will have them here as they have never been before; it will be a really special show. It will make a very poignant and emotional day for the celebration of our Greek heritage even more special." Meanwhile the state government said that it also planned to establish Victoria's first $200,000 Greek Independ- DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Evzones will be staying put in Greece this year. PHOTO: ARCHIVES ence Festival and Events Fund, they money being allocated to community organisations to hold celebrations, events and festivals to mark the bicentenary. "This is to make it extra spe- cial for every single person of Greek heritage, every family member, and the broader Victorian community," Premier Andrews told Neos Kosmos, "... the biggest celebration of Independence Day out- side Greece. And that makes perfect sense given that we are the biggest Greek centre; the biggest Greek city outside Greece after Athens and Thessaloniki."
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