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Greece launches new scheme for online applications through its consular services

Greek ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs on Friday launched an initiative that will allow Greeks living abroad to apply for official certificates and documents online from the country’s consular services around the world.

The new scheme will operate in pilot mode for a week at the Greek Consulate in Dusseldorf, which is home to hundreds of Greeks who can benefit from the new service. Titled “Proxenos” (Consul), it will allow Greeks all over the world to get hold of birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as other documents within minutes from their nearest consulate, which will have access to central public records databases.

Also on Friday, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias announced plans to digitize the ministry’s history archive and to improve its translation service. Speaking during a joint press conference, Kotzias said it is a “jump in the quality of services offered by Greece’s consular services throughout the world, facilitating the lives of Greek expatriates.”

When the project begins, Greeks will be able to receive certificates of birth and marital status online, thus cutting time spent searching for such paperwork in Greece and saving money for the State.

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