Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

Russians and Chinese “champions” in Greek Golden Visas

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The Greek Golden Visa program providing a permit to reside in Greece to investors of over 250,000 euros in the country has generated great interest. Those who have most utilized the program are the Chinese and Russians.

Investments may involve either real estate or business activity and permits are granted to investors / residents of third countries but are not limited to them, they also include their families.

At a meeting held on Wednesday at the Finance Ministry with real estate market officials and lawyers who are active in promoting the program, it was mentioned that by 31 January 2017 a total of 1,573 permits had been granted to real estate investors.

The country of origin of most buyers is China with 664 permits; Russia is second with 348; Egypt comes in third with 77 while Lebanon has 73 and Ukraine is on 67.

If the permits granted to the relatives of the investors are included (a total of 3,809), China tops the list with 1,580 permits, with Russia having 787, Iraq on 211, Lebanon on 203 and Egypt on 179.

The purpose of the meeting, organized by the Enterprise Greece agency at the initiative of Deputy Minister for Development, Stergios Pitsiorlas, was to provide an update about the progress of the program and discuss the possible actions that aim at boosting it and improving its effectiveness.

Officials of Enterprise Greece, the Ministries of Economy & Development, Migration Policy and Foreign Affairs presented the program and answered question from attendees.

In this context, the executives of companies that are active in the market were asked to submit their proposals in writing for the improvement and further promotion of the Greek Golden Visa. Proposals may be sent via e-mail to the Organization, at info@enterprisegreece.gov.gr , until Friday 3 March 2017.

It is noted that Enterprise Greece, has since 2014 implemented twelve actions and extroversion events, both in Greece and – primarily – abroad, in order to inform about and promote this program.

Through these events, more than 1,600 foreign businesses and investors have been informed, while the reception of about 30 delegations interested in the Golden Visa program has been organized. Meanwhile, more than 40 investment proposals have been forwarded to companies that were interested in the real estate market because of the program./IBNA

Bulgarien schliesst sich dem Griechischen TAP Gas Korridor an

Bulgaria targets early-2018 to begin construction on Greece gas inter-connector

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Georg Soros’s Mafia: Zoran Zaev and Radmila Sekerinska, and Seven US House members officially initiate Investigation on Jess Baily and US Embassy

Macedonia:

SDS refuses coalition with VMRO, sticks to Edi Rama’s platform
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
The VMRO-DPMNE effort to bring the SDS into a coalition to form a Government resulted in resounding ’no‘ from Zoran Zaev and Radmila Sekerinska, reports Dnevnik.

The winning party (VMRO-DPMNE) even offered Zaev to become the Prime Minister, if he was to agree and form a stable Government of 100 MPs and denounce the Tirana platform.

The response from the SDS, was not surpsing. Zaev is sticking to implementing Edi Rama’s platform and his coalition with DUI, BESA, and the alliance for albanians.

As Zaev announced, he is expecting the mandate from Ivanov and a speedy transition and forming of new Government.

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Seven US House members officially initiate Investigation on Jess Baily and US Embassy
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Seven US members of the House of Representatives, who recently called out Ambassador to Macedonia Jess Baily and the local USAID mission for partisanship and for funding the George Soros led groups in Macedonia, say they are dissatisfied with the response they received and are launching an investigation. A letter addressed to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro on February 24th instructs the Government Accountability Office to initiate an investigation in the Mission in Macedonia and USAID Macedonia and deliver a progress report in a month.

„Unfortunately, we have heard credible reports that, over the past two years, the US Mission to Macedonia has actively intervened in the party politics of Macedonia, as well as in the shaping of its media environment and civil society, in an improperly partisan manner, one that, directly or indirectly, has influenced the outcome of elections in Macedonia. According to reports, this intervention consistently favors the parties, media and civil society groups of the left and center left. We have heard reports that the actions of the US Mission to Macedonia strongly favored such parties in the run-up to the parliamentary elections“, the members of Congress say. The letter is signed by representatives Christopher Smith, Randy Hultgren, Robert Aderholt, Louie Gohmert, Robert Pittenger, Jeff Fortenberry and Trent Franks. Senator Mike Lee has separately raised similar issues.

The letter notes that an earlier request, addressed to Ambassador Baily, was responded to after the required deadline, and was „vague and failed to answer the questions we posed“. This has prompted the call for a GAO investigation, and the members of Congress have announced other investigative measures, as well as calling on Ambassador Baily to resign.

„In order to have the benefit of an independent investigation and audit, and due to the importance of the underlying issue, we turn to your office“, the letter notes, before asking for information about how much US Government funding, from all sources, was given to Open Society Foundations and other institutions related to the Soros network, since 2012. A breakdown is required for all recipients of US funding that also receive more than 10 percent of their funding from the Soros led OSI network.

„For Macedonia, please explain the legal arrangements for each and every current or ongoing grant, contract and other allocation and/or disbursement to Foundation Open Society Macedonia, including the means and terms by which they may be terminated. For Macedonia, has the US Government conducted any research, studies or polling that would measure or index the effect its funding and support for FOSM has on the reputation, image, and public opinion of the United States as seen in MAcedonia. What percentage of US aid money in the fields of democracy, civil society and media is funded through FOSM? Was any organization, entity, group or any individual participant in any organization, entity or group that receives US funds directly or indirectly, through FOSM or otherwise, reported to have been involved in violence, either against persons or property destruction, and have any police or security officers been wounded in connection to that violence“, are some of the questions that the GAO will investigate on behalf of the seven Congressmen.

Regarding the activities of Ambassador Baily, GAO is asked to provide a report on standards applicable to spending US Government funding in a foreign democratic country, on media and civil society, as well as standards on involvement of US Government officials in domestic partisan politics. GAO will investigate possible violations of the Vienna convention, other international conventions, US standards and laws and will examine his „diplomatic participation in elections“. „It is particularly relevant to know how the position represented by the US Mission to Macedonia corresponded or not to those of the Macedonian political parties“, the GAO is asked.

On top of examining funding of the Soros – Macedonia organization by the US Government, GAO will also look into funding of media outlets and whether the US was supporting overwhelmingly left leaning outlets, and has pushed for media regulation that is not in line with American freedom of speech standards. The Foundation Open Society Macedonia, but also other NGO groups that have received funding through various American financial lines will be examined over whether they have taken sides in the election or the formation of the new Government.

Internet-Hacker von »Anonymous« drohen der »selbstsüchtigen« albanischen Regierung.

Anonymous vs. Albanien

Internet-Hacker von »Anonymous« drohen der »selbstsüchtigen« albanischen Regierung.

Das Internetkollektiv »Anonymous« hat der albanischen Regierung den Kampf angesagt. Die Internethacker werfen den albanischen Politikern selbstsüchtiges Verhalten vor, sich nicht für das albanische Volk zu engagieren. Vom politischen System würden nur die Politiker profitieren.

»Verzweifelte Bürger«

Die Aktivisten sprechen von einer bedrückenden Situation: Die Bürger seien verzweifelt über all die Korruption und die Arbeitslosigkeit, sie hätten die Hoffnung verloren. Spezifisch wird der Regierung in einem Bekennervideo (siehe unten) vorgeworfen, dass sie die Steuern zu Last der Bürger und Kleinfirmen erhöht habe. Im Bildungsbereich wird eine Gesetzesreform kritisiert, die private Universitäten bevorzuge und das staatliche Hochschulsystem schwäche. Auch die Freiheitsrechte der Bürger werden eingeschränkt, da sich die Regierung Zugriff auf private und vertrauliche Daten verschaffen wolle.

Die Regierung bestehend aus »Mördern, Kriminellen und Vergewaltigern« habe versagt. Es gäbe Obdachlose und Familien, denen das Geld zum Überleben fehle. Andere würde sich keine Ausbildung mehr leisten können und die Arbeitslosigkeit werde immer schlimmer. Das Land werde nicht im Sinne der Bevölkerung geführt. Nur die Politiker würden profitieren und ihrem eigenen selbstsüchtigen Spiel folgen.

Erster Angriff auf Justizminister

Man erwarte von der Regierung, dass sie dem Land diene und es nicht kontrolliere. Warnungen seien lange ignoriert worden. Jetzt beginne der Protest des Volkes, schliesst der Sprecher im Video.

Wie »Jeta Osh Qef« gestern berichtet, ist der Justizminister Ylli Manjani erstes Opfer der Aktivisten geworden. Seine Facebook-Seite war gestern für eine kurze Zeit deaktiviert und er hatte keinen Zugriff darauf. Eine Aktion, die keine besonderen technsichen Fähigkeiten benötigt.

Mit vielen weiteren, grösseren Aktionen von Seiten »Anonymous« ist nicht rechnen. Vermutlich steckt nur eine sehr kleine Gruppe von Personen hinter diesem Aufruf, der zwar viele berechtigte Probleme nennt, aber in seiner Analyse auch einer sehr vereinfachten Schuldzuweisung folgt. Der Lose »Anonymous«-Verbund scheint in Albanien schon länger eine kleine Splittergruppe zu haben, die gegen »Anti-Albaner« kämpfend in der Vergangenheit gemäss eigenen Angaben auch wiederholt serbische Websites gehackt und griechischen Medien gedroht habe. Grossen Wirbel haben die Aktionen aber nicht erzeugt.

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