Embassy of Greece, Abuja
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The President of the Hellenic Republic (Greek: Πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής Δημοκρατίας), colloquially referred to in English as the President of Greece, is the head of state of Greece. The President is elected by the Hellenic Parliament, and his role is mostly ceremonial. The office was formally established by the Constitution of Greecein 1975, but has an antecedent in the Second Hellenic Republic of 1924–1935 and the Republic declared by theGreek military junta in 1973–1974. The incumbent is Karolos Papoulias.
President: Dr. Karolos PapouliasBorn: June 4, 1929
The President is the nominal Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and occupies the first place in the Greek order of precedence. His position however is largely ceremonial, as the President's powers were limited under the current Greek Constitution of 1974, and again curtailed in the Constitutional amendment of 1986. The Prime Minister of Greece is the active chief executive of the Greek government.
The current Third Hellenic Republic (Greek: Γʹ Ελληνική Δημοκρατία) was declared in 1974 during the period of metapolitefsi, after the end of the Regime of the Colonels which had controlled Greece since the coup d'état of 21 April 1967.
On 1 June 1973 the then leader of the military junta and regent for the exiled King Constantine II, Georgios Papadopoulos, abolished the Greek monarchy and proclaimed himself President of the Republic. A stagedplebiscite on 29 July 1973 confirmed the regime change, and passed a new Constitution which established apresidential republic. This attempt at controlled democratization was ended by Brigadier Dimitrios Ioannides' overthrow of Papadopoulos in November 1973. The Republic was maintained, but was nothing more than a façade for the military regime.
After the fall of the junta and the return to civilian rule in August 1974 however, the legal and constitutional acts of the military regime were deemed invalid, and a new plebiscite was held on 8 December 1974, which finally abolished the monarchy. In the interim, the junta-appointed President, General Phaedon Gizikis, remained in office. After the plebiscite, he was succeeded by the first elected President, Michail Stasinopoulos.
A new Constitution, promulgated on 11 June 1975, declared Greece a presidential parliamentary democracy (or republic – the Greek δημοκρατία can be translated both ways). This constitution, revised in 1985 and 2001, is still in force today
Greece in EU
Here we describe the history of Greece's accession to the European institutions, from candidate to one of the older EU Member States Today, Greece is working on deepening and integration of the EU and actively participates in all organs and institutions of the Union. Special mention is also made in external relations and enlargement of the EU, while also describing the institutional framework following the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty and the Common Foreign and Defence Policy of the EU (CFSP) and the Common Defence Policy and Security Policy (CSDP).
Greece has an Embassy in Abuja while accreditation in twelve West African countries (Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Liberia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Conakry, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon). The Nigerian Ambassador is also accredited to the regional economic cooperation organization ECOWAS (Abuja office). The Consular Office of the Embassy was transferred from Lagos to Abuja on 1.6.2007. In the other twelve countries concurrent accreditation has begun the process of activating Honorary Consulates. Nigeria has an Embassy in Athens.
Characterized traditionally friendly relations between the two countries. The cooperation of the two countries in international fora in terms of exchange of support temporal applications continues very successfully. Greece is looking forward to Nigeria as the most populous country of the African continent with a vision to consolidate peace and development, as well as an active member of the UN traditional participation in international peacekeeping operations Agency. Within the EU, Greece has sensitivities to the African continent because of centuries of various links that connect.Important is investment for decades, Greek-owned companies. The maritime ties between Greece and Nigeria are also traditional. Much of Nigerian exports of oil and natural gas transported through the Greek shipping. The volume of trade is relatively high.
The Greek community numbers about 300 people, most of whom reside in Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria, and are executives of large Greek-Nigerian companies. Headquartered in Nigeria Diocese based in Lagos.
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