“Australia is currently not negotiating with Greece on signing a Holiday Working Visa intergovernmental agreement.”
The statement was made by the Australian Ambassador in Athens, Jenny Bloomfield, and is expected to provoke angry reactions, since there had been the impression –created by both nations – that the respective agreement was soon to be signed.
Speaking to the “Neos Kosmos”, J. Bloomfield referred to the immigration issue, repeating that the number of Greeks migrating to Australia is trivial. She also pointed out the need for improvement of the commercial and cultural relations of the two nations.
“Despite the fact, that there had been an increasing interest in Australian immigration programs, that was not interpreted to show some significant increase of the number of applications filed for Permanent Working Visa”, she explained.
Ambassador Bloomfield also noted that the two nations work closely together on the shipping sector; Greek ships transport Australian export products –especially related to the energy and mineral sectors – in Asian and other important markets, thus contributing to Australia’s prosperity.