The Greeks in the former Soviet Union countries had the opportunity for the first time today to outline to the Greek State their problems and expectations in a meeting with the parliamentary Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad held in the Greek Parliament.
“We are Greeks like you…we are no second rate citizens…and we cannot be patient any more,” SAE former Soviet Union countries Regional Coordinator and Russian Duma deputy Ivan Savvidis stressed demanding the immediate solution of existing problems and calling for unity on behalf of Hellenism to exit the crisis.
He referred to a number of issues that concern the omogeneia such as, nationality and citizenship issues, issuance of an expatriate identity card, red tape and the treatment of expatriates and expatriate support.
SAE Coordinating Council member and Federation of Greek Communities in Ukraine President Alexandra Protsenko-Pitsatzi referred to issues concerning culture and education, while the Region’s Executive Committee Director Kyriakos Iordanidis focused on organizational issues and Youth representative Ivan Tsitlidis outlined issues that concern the young.
Their demands were met with the positive response of parliamentary Special Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad President Nikolaos Tsiartsionis.
On their part, all committee members expressed the will for the adoption of specific initiatives aimed at solving lingering problems.