At the just ended Annual General Meeting (AGM) of SAE Oceania and Far East, diaspora voting rights and logistics were topical in terms of interest.
The AGM, held on 27 November 2022 at the Association of Ilion ‘Hermes’ in Bexley, NSW was attended by dozens of delegates and representatives from Oceania, Greece, and Europe including government officials, diplomats, educators, media and esteemed guests.
Topics under discussion included the law voted on SAE in February 2021 and its reoperation, the voting rights of diaspora Greeks, the establishment of a Ministry for Diaspora Greeks, in addition to the proceedings of the Emergency Treasury for Diaspora and the collaborations of SAE Oceania members and affiliated organisations in tackling operational and infrastructure issues both in Australia and in Greece.
One of the pressing issues was the backlog created by the lack of communication with the motherland or significant delays from Greek organisations and local and national government services affecting procedures in Oceania and other centres of the Greek diaspora.
Representatives agreed on prioritising the signing of a bilateral agreement to avoid double taxation for dual citizens, Greek language education, and activation of diaspora youth.
Also, proposals approved included the suggestion to collaborate with Austria to provide humanitarian help to Ukraine; as well as an Intellectual Creation Centre based in Thessaloniki.
The members discussed establishing an official Hellenism Day, an SAE files directory and the publication of a historical ‘guide’ to connect the older generations of the diaspora with the youth.
Founded in 1995, the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), has a role of reinforcing ties among Greek expatriates, and creating a global network aimed at drawing up and materializing in a way beneficial to Greek community programmes, to later present them to the Greek State under its authority as a consultative body.
Edited by: Theresa R. Fianko
Source: Neos Kosmos
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