Government relations—Greece—Q&A guide
Government relations—Greece—Q&A guide

The following Public Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Government relations—Greece—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the basic source of law? Describe the scope of, and limitations on, government power relevant to the regulation of lobbying and government relations.
  • 2. Describe the legislative system as it relates to lobbying.
  • 3. Describe the extent to which a legislative or rule-making authority relevant to lobbying practice also exists at regional, provincial or municipal level.
  • 4. Does the legislative process at national or subnational level include a formal consultation process? What opportunities or access points are typically available to influence legislation?
  • 5. Is the judiciary deemed independent and co-equal? Are judges elected or appointed? If judges are elected, are campaigns financed through public appropriation or candidate fundraising?
  • 6. Is lobbying self-regulated by the industry, or is it regulated by the government, legislature or an independent regulator? What are the regulator’s powers? Who may issue guidance on lobbying? What powers of investigation does the regulator have? What are the regulators’ or other officials’ powers to penalise violators?
  • 7. Is there a definition or other guidance as to what constitutes lobbying?
  • 8. Is there voluntary or mandatory registration of lobbyists? How else is lobbying disclosed?
  • 9. What communications must be disclosed or registered?
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This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to government relations in Greece published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: November 2020).

Authors: Bahas, Gramatidis & Partners—Maria Tranoudi

1. What is the basic source of law? Describe the scope of, and limitations on, government power relevant to the regulation of lobbying and government relations.

The basic source of law is the Constitution. According to article 28 of the Constitution, ‘the generally recognised rules of international law, as well as international conventions as of the time they are ratified by statute and become operative according to their respective conditions’ form an integral part of domestic Greek law. Lobbying is not regulated in Greece and, as such, no specific limitations or legislation exists for the activities of lobbyists.

2. Describe the legislative system as it relates to lobbying.

Greece is a presidential parliamentary democracy. The head of state is the president, who is elected and has no effective powers. These are held by the government, which is elected by the people and is the central organ of the executive branch. Every four years the citizens elect their representative body, Parliament, which has the decisive authority to produce the rule of law and control the government. Despite the functional separation of powers, the competence of establishing rules of law is often transferred to

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