Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Washington-based think tank, the Tax Foundation, found that over-taxation was growing in Greece following a study of data from the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD).The Tax Foundation examined the tax burden on ownership and its ratio to tax revenues of properties in Greece and found that Greek property owners were among Europe’s most heavily burdened by taxes. The study found that most countries both in Europe and globally have a particularly low ratio of property ownership taxes to total tax revenues averaging at 4.6 per cent of all tax takings in the EU. In Greece, the figure was at 8.1 per cent. At the other end of the spectrum, Estonia collects just 0.7 per cent of its tax takings from property, followed by Austria, Lithania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic where the number ranges between 1.3 and 1.4 per cent.READ MORE: Property owners in Greece facing significant increase in taxationGreek property taxes had particularly risen following 2007, when the rate of Greece stood at 5.3 per cent against the OECD member average of 5.5 per cent. Since then, the Greek ratio has risen to reach 8.9 per cent in 2013 with the imposition of EETIDE, the property tax collected through power bills. The single property ENFIA tax has also meant an 68 per cent increase in the ratio of property taxes in Greece within just six years. The ENFIA load was somewhat eased up during the government of Antonis Samaras when it was reduced to 8 per cent, however it had grown to 8.4 per cent under the government of Alexis Tsipras in 2004 despite his pre-election promises of eradicating ENFIA, which was initially introduced as a one-off tax burden.READ MORE: Hellenic Cadastre issues an infogram with easy steps to register Greek propertyIn a new promise made prior to the July 7 Greek government elections, the SYRIZA government has pledged an average ENFIA reduction of 10 per cent for this year.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Medical Society of Australia (HMSA) recently hosted a medical educational evening for its professional members entitled ‘Brain and Pain’.Doctors from various specialities as well as general practitioners packed out a function room at the QPO restaurant to be informed on the latest updates on the brain and on the topic of chronic pain management.HMSA president A/Professor Marinis Pirpiris introduced the evening and welcomed the generous sponsors of the evening Servier Pharmaceuticals and Delphi Bank. MC Dr Arthur Kokkinias (HMSA Secretary) in turn warmly introduced each of the keynote speakers of the evening.The ‘brain’ part of the evening was presented by Professor Dennis Velakoulis, neuropsychiatrist and director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He updated the audience on the latest developments of psychiatric presentations of neurological disorders and on genetic and neuroimaging developments. A potpourri of disorders and information was enjoyed by all.The second speaker Dr Nick Christelis, an anaesthetist and pain management specialist, director of Pain Specialists Australia, gave a presentation on the latest developments on the all important topic of chronic and neuropathic pain management. Chronic pain affects and costs our society billions of dollars annually in health care and in lost productivity. Evidence is scant with regard to best practice and ideal interventions.An important link between the two talks was the presented research evidence that psychological aspects of pain assessment and pain management are paramount in achieving optimal outcomes.The presentations were followed by a barrage of questions from the audience highlighting the interest generated by the speakers.HMSA functions have become famous in the local medical community for their warmth, liveliness and congeniality. Doctor members of a variety of medical interests and backgrounds come together to share their Hellenic heritage in a social and educational setting. While HMSA meetings are a unique opportunity for an exchange of ideas and perspectives between GPs and a variety of specialists which in the medical world is a rarity.Upcoming public educational events for 2019 will include a heart awareness seminar, an adolescent mental and physical health seminar (to be held at Alphington Grammar School), an HMSA dementia seminar in conjunction with Fronditha Care (to be held at Oakleigh Grammar School) and a paediatric update on basic life support at the Greek Community school in Bentleigh on 18 June.Doctors who have yet to become members of HMSA are invited to do so at www.hmsa.org.au
This afternoon at 12.30pm I officially tendered my resignation as a Member of the Victorian Parliament to the Governor…Posted by Philip Dalidakis MP on Sunday, 16 June 2019 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian Labor MP Philip Dalidakis resigned from Parliament at 12.30pm on Monday, 17 June, to take up a new position in the senior ranks of Australia Post.The upper house member and former trade and investment minister submitted his letter of resignation to Governor Linda Dessau, before notifying Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. His shock resignation as an MP representing the Southern Metropolitan Region is effective immediately and comes at a crucial time bearing in mind that the Andrews’ government is now one vote short in its effort to pass its amended Fire Services Bill through the chamber.Having tendered his resignation, MP Dalidakis is now free to visit the Australia Post headquarters to meet with chief executive Christine Holgate, who is expected to announce the new appointment. According to Fairfax Media, he takes on his new role with Australia Post on 1 July.READ MORE: Dalidakis no longer ministerThe departing MP thanked his constituents, office staff and Premier Andrews.“We achieved great things in public policy, social policy and creating a more cohesive, inclusive society. Fighting for those who don’t have a voice and giving a voice to those who fear engaging in public debate and discourse. Helping those who need it and giving a hand up to those who want it,” he wrote.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The devastating fires that engulfed seaside towns northeast of Greece killed 102 people on 23 July last year.Victims died in their homes, their cars, or as they tried to get to sea to escape the dangerous flames and fumes propelled by gale-force winds. Some dipped below the waves to stay cool, while others waited for the coastguard and local fishermen to rescue them.A year on, the charred buildings remain as a reminder of the deadly fires, while those that lived through the ordeal are still haunted by memories of the blaze that caused the highest recorded toll from a fire in Greece’s modern history.New Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis went to the seaside village of Mati, one of those affected by the fires, to peruse the burnt remains where 4,000 homes once stood, surrounded by 40,000 pine and olive trees.READ MORE: Fires break out in Rafina and Barnabas, a year following the anniversary of deadly wildfires in GreeceResidents floated candles in the water to remember the survivors that fled to sea. Mr Mitsotakis and other politicians didn’t speak after the service but announcements for relief measures had been made earlier, including no property taxes for five years fore affected homeowners and the release of 31 million euros in an emergency fund for the injured and guaranteeing continuing treatment and medicines for around 140 burn victims.New Greek Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias said he would hold an emergency session of the country’s supreme health council to ensure that silicone, ointments and other required material are available to patients without charge. The state machine has been unprepared to help burn victims recover once discharged.READ MORE: New Greek legislation allows government intervention in natural disasters; and restitution plans for last year’s firesA year on, people are still asking how the natural disaster that claimed lives and destroyed Greece’s vibrant tourist seaside centres, turning them into ghost towns with empty beach fronts. Residents are frustrated with the slow pace of recovery.