The Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Kyriakos Gerontopoulos, in a press conference in Melbourne stated that the Greek Minister of Tourism, Olga Kefalogianni, will be visiting Australia in early May, in order to promote Greek tourism and to sign an interstate agreement, allowing Greek immigrants aged 18-30 to work on a tourist visa. He added that the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad will relaunch hospitality programs for young Greek-Australians who want to visit Greece.
Gerontopoulos favored the right of Greeks of the diaspora to vote in the Greek elections, but pointed out that such a decision should be supported by the vast majority of the Parliament and not only by the coalition government.
Concerning a double taxation agreement between Greece and Australia, he stated that it appears that the Australian government isn’t interested.
The Deputy Foreign Minister said that he was impressed by Sunday’s parade and events for the celebration of Greek Independence Day in Melbourne.
On Tuesday, March 25, he will be traveling to Canberra, where he will make a stop at the “Hellenic Memorial,” the “Hellenic Club” and the Greek nursery school of St. Nicholas. Later he will visit the Federal Parliament and meet with Greek Australian MPs and senators. On the same day he will also be visiting Sydney, where he is meeting with the Archbishop Stylianos of Australia and the presidium of the Greek community.
On Wednesday, March 26, he is scheduled to meet with Culture Minister, George Souris, and the Greek MP, Sophie Cotsis. Finally, he will speak at an event held by the organization “Hellenic Initiative.”