Greece recruits spies among tourists

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Athens government plans to hire “inspectors amateur”, including students and tourists, to reduce tax evasion, said in a letter sent to Brussels to Greece and whose content was made public by the international press, reports AFP.

The document, which includes a list of seven key measures which Greece intends to apply to comply with the demands of creditors on economic recovery and reform the tax system, amateur show that inspectors will work “undercover” and will be employed occasionally strictly short term not exceeding two months, then no longer be reinstated to the same purpose.

Circumstance inspectors will be equipped with audio-video recording to detect traders who violate the duties, recordings made by them were later used by IRS agents to enforce sanctions.

“Just the news that thousands of” casual viewers “are present everywhere will be enough to quickly change people’s attitudes, conveying a sense of justice among society and generating a new culture of conformism about paying taxes,” reads the letter signed Greek Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis.

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According to Varoufakis, tax avoidance culture is deeply implemented among Greek society is” and tax authorities are outnumbered by the many cases of tax evasion.

Athens government has not confirmed nor denied the contents of the letter.

In addition to the objections of a legal nature which would result from the introduction of new measures, considering that Greece has strict laws relating to acceptance in court of evidence obtained based on records, the experiment proposed by Varoufakis will face strong opposition and the population about “foundry”.

“If it is waiting authorities to combat tax evasion in this way, it means that the government is not only dangerous, since it does not get legal ramnificatiile measure nor its effectiveness, but it’s ridiculous and exhibits across the country contempt,” said a spokesman for the New Democracy opposition party that passed in January, after acensiunea to power left SYRIZA party.

Besides the intention to hire inspectors to combat tax evasion amateur Greek authorities proposed a number of innovative measures to reduce bureaucracy and to digitize data processed by state institutions and Otin to increase revenues from taxes on gambling .

Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, responded “positively” to the proposals of Greece, said a representative of the Greek government, told AFP.

Also Varoufakis said Saturday he was optimistic about the new round of talks between euro zone finance ministers, to be held in Brussels on Monday.

Eurozone finance ministers approved in February four months extension of the program to rescue Greece after Athens government is committed to improving tax collection, to strengthen pension funds and continue privatization.

European Commission, IMF and European Central Bank have expressed support for the commitments made by the Greek government, but stressed that Greece will not be able to access new funds through the current program if you do not have concrete measures for economic recovery.

Greece IMF  paid a debt of 310 million euros, representing the first part of a 1.5 billion debt maturing in two weeks. The Greek State must pay in March loans outstanding of 6 billion.

A Greek postman crossed 58,000 kilometers to deliver some letters.

Having had the opportunity to know more migrants, a postman in Greece decided to make a unique gesture, meant to draw attention to the problems that people face respective. Ilias Vrochidis went on a journey that can take him home countries of migrants to meet.

Riding a motorcycle and “quiver” full of letters. That left the way through the world, a Greek postal worker. His goal proved to be one noble as possible, in a period where the number of migrants increases.

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Thessaloniki motorcyclist Ilias Vrochidis, 31, started a journey in July 2013 aimed at exploring Balkan and African countries so as to deliver letters to the families and friends of migrants who have come to Greece, legally, …

Ilias Vrochidis is 31 years old and is originally from Thessaloniki. In 2013, the man decided to go on a trip through Africa and the Balkans, the purpose of which would be a novelty: the delivery of letters migrants from Greece to their families back home.

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Ilias hoped so it will give a helping hand to public awareness of the problems of migrants, writes .

His plan began to take shape in a period where refugee crisis takes shape.
“Travelling to the homes of migrants who I met in Greece, I met people who were very surprised by my gesture and I did not understand how we got to know the children, siblings or my friends and I took on the task to deliver letters, “he told the postman.”Even though many of them kept in touch with relatives through the Internet, were all very pleased to receive letters, and to know that we have known families,” he added. After 22 months on the road, Ilias already crossed 58,000 kilometers. He visited so far Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy.Subsequently, the road started with him and his girlfriend. Until now, together they went to Morocco, and the following destinations are: Mauritania, Seng, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa Kingdom of Lesotho, the Kingdom of Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
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