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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 30 March 2019
2 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 30 MARCH 2019 NEWS DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Work and Holiday Visa kicks off on 1 July MP David Coleman, PM Scott Morrison and GCM President Bill Papastergiadis in talks on a number of issues of concern to the Greek Community. PHOTO: K. DEVES The Australian government has announced the finalisation of the Work and Holiday Visa agreement between Greece and Australia. The bilateral agreement will go into effect from July 1, and will make it easier for young Australians to work and study in Greece and vice versa. The arrangement has been in the works since 2014, and was ratified by Greek Parliament in December 2015. A date has now been set for the agreement to kick off with 500 places being made available in each country annually for Greek and Australian citizens between 18 and 30 years to live abroad for 12 months. The agreement was finalised during Greek Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Terens Quick's visit to Australia. Mr Quick made the announcement of the new visa at a Greek Independence Day function in Melbourne on Monday night, while Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman issued a written announcement. "Australia enjoys a great friendship with Greece and there has been much interest from Greece in participating in the Work and Holiday visa program. This announcement will provide more opportunities for work and cultural exchange between our nations," Mr Coleman said. "The Morrison Government is committed to the working holiday program which provides regional areas and farmers with access to more workers." The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GCM) President Bill Papastergiadis, said that the agreement was an initiative of the Greek Community. Since June 2011 the GCM commenced talks with the then Minister of Immigration, Mr Chris Bowen, on the issue of the increased immigration of Greek citizens to Australia and the signing of such an agreement with Greece. Subsequently, various representations were made to other relevant bodies both in Australia and in Greece, as well as meetings with government officials, including the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Costas Markos, the GCM General Secretary, said that he is pleased with this development, "as the efforts of many years have finally paid off and the agreement is once again an affirmation that Australia and Greece share a rich history." He further added that "it will pro- Students hoist eight flags After the hype of parades across Australia on Sunday, a very low-key and meaningful celebration took place to honour Greek Independence Day at Federation Square at 9.30am on Monday. Eight Greek flags flown to Australia from Athens and were raised by students from five afternoon schools around Melbourne. Themistocles Kritikakos from the University of Melbourne kicked off events.Greek students at the event were selected as a result of their excellence and behaviour. They were:Anastasios and Aikaterini Paraskevopoulos from AHEPA Greek School; Sienna and Christopher Mastos from Mavraganis Greek School; Giorgos and Notis Karidakis from Nestoras College; Mia Paliouras and Michael Ouliadis from Protypo Greek Centre; and James Ganas and Helena Papadakos from Zenon Education Centre. 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: Stamatina Hasiotis, George Mpliokas, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Theodora Maios, Billy Cotsis, Sophia Petras, Maria Kampyli, Dean Kalimniou, George Zangalis, Andrew C. Chrysalis, Alex Anyfantis, George Stogiannou, Athos Sirianos Graphic design: Vangelis Karakasis, Anthony Rallis Students from five schools hoisted eight flags at Federation Square. Mail: PO Box 6068 Hawthorn West, Victoria 3122 vide a unique opportunity to the youth of both countries to foster and further enhance this unique relationship between the two nations." Greek nationals would need to perform specified work in regional areas to be eligible for a second working visa. They can then extend their visas to a third year, if they provide six months of regional work in the second year. Greece's participation in the visa programme now lifts the number of participating countries to 43.
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