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Australian Presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20)
Australia holds the presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014. Australia will chair the G20 meetings in 2014, bringing together leaders, Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, Trade Ministers and Employment and Labour Ministers from major developing and advanced economies to address critical economic and financial challenges facing the world.
The G20 is the world’s premier forum for international economic cooperation and decision making. G20 members account for 85 per cent of global GDP, 75 per cent of global trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. Australia’s G20 Presidency will focus on promoting stronger economic growth and employment outcomes and making the global economy more resilient to deal with future shocks.The G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in Brisbane on 15-16 November 2014.
For more details download this overview. For G20 Australia news please visit the G20 website or the Twitter and Facebook accounts. The following documents contain information in English and Greek. G20 Leaders Summit - Why the G20 is important - The G20 Australia 2014 logo
Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Greece. Here you will find information on how to contact us, advice on the range of consular services available to Australian citizens, and information on visa and citizenship arrangements. There are links to sites where you can obtain information about social security and pension payments, trade and investment advice, and find general information about Australia.
If you wish to learn more about Australian foreign and trade policy, or our bilateral relationships with Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, to which the Embassy is accredited, I encourage you to explore our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: www.dfat.gov.au. If you are an Australian citizen planning to travel overseas I encourage you to check our website.
Accreditation to Romania
Since 15 January 2014, the Australian Embassy in Athens is now formally accredited to Romania and has full responsibility for all aspects of the bilateral relationship including with respect to consular issues.
Enquiries from Australian nationals and residents in Romania should be directed to the Honorary Consulate in Bucharest, or the 24-hour consular emergency service in Canberra on +61-1300-555-135. Enquiries from nationals and residents of Albania should be directed to the Australian Embassy in Rome.
Remembrance Day 2014
The Ambassador of Australia to Greece HE Mr John Griffin and his partner Mr Pakapat Thipayaprapai, visited the Phaleron Commonwealth Cemetery and laid commemorative wooden crosses inscribed with messages of hope and thanks from Australian schoolchildren, in honour of the 584 fallen Australian soldiers who found their final resting place in Greece.
Visit to the Australian Archaeological Excavations at Zagora, Andros
The Australian Ambassador to Greece Mr John Griffin and his partner Mr Pakapat Thipayaprapai, visited the Zagora Settlement excavations on the island of Andros, on 10 October 2014. The Zagora excavations, the current flagship Australian archaeological project in Greece, offer an ideal opportunity for many Australian students to gain first hand experience of archaeological fieldwork, as well as to deepen their appreciation of Greece -both ancient and modern. Pictured from left to right: Mr Pakapat Thipayaprapai, Dr Stefie Chlouveraki, Mr John Griffin, Dr Stavros Paspalas, Deputy Director of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens.
Accreditation Ceremony in Romania – 21 October 2014
On 21 October, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, with non-resident accreditation to Romania and Bulgaria, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of Romania HE Mr Traian Băsescu.
Accreditation Ceremony in Greece – 7 October 2014
On 7 October, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic HE Mr Karolos Papoulias.
Accreditation Ceremony in Bulgaria – 8 August 2014
On 8 August, the Australian Ambassador to Greece, with non-resident accreditation to Bulgaria and Romania, Mr John Griffin presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria HE Mr Rosen Plevneliev.
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