The World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) – based on Law No. 3480/2006 that provides for its self-organization, operation and responsibilities – now comprises of seven (7) regions instead of four (4) as it was the case since its founding in 1995:
1(except from former Soviet Union countries)
2(except from countries already members of the EU)
The new structure strengthens the Regions, which constitute a link between SAE, the Greek community organizations and the expatriates, who are not involved in them, providing opportunities for the establishment of internal networks.
Thus, the role of SAE, as the coordinator of the actions of Greek community organizations, is being strengthened contributing significantly to the unity and networking of Omogeneia while becoming a messenger of visions and proposals for the Greek State and World Hellenism.
The SAE Regions’ Coordinating Councils
The Regions of SAE comprise of the SAE members in the corresponding Region. Their Coordinating Councils serve a four-year-term (2007-2010) and are headed by the Regional Coordinator:
I) Coordinating Council USA Region, eleven (11) members.
Regional Coordinator: Theodore Spyropoulos
II) Coordinating Council Canada Region, five (5) members.
Regional Coordinator: Konstantinos Menegakis
III) Coordinating Council Central – South America Region, five (5) members.
Regional Coordinator: Nikiforos Nikolaidis
IV) Coordinating Council Europe Region, eleven (11) members.
Regional Coordinator: George Amarantidis
V) Coordinating Council Africa – Near/Middle East Region, seven (7) members.
Regional Coordinator: Charis Gouvelis
VI) Coordinating Council Oceania – Far East Region, nine (9) members.
Regional Coordinator: George Aggelopoulos
VII) Coordinating Council former Soviet Union countries Region, five (5) members.
Regional Coordinator: Ivan Savvides
The Coordinating Councils represent their corresponding Region and they draw up and forward documented recommendations or proposals to the SAE board.
In the SAE Regions operate Hellenism Networks defined by a Regional Assembly decision and included in its rules of operation. The Regions undertake to incorporate and support actions and programmes of their corresponding networks.
The Youth Networks, in particular, have to be established in the regions in no later than two years after the 6th World Assembly in December 2006 according to a special provision included in the rules of operation for Regional Assemblies.