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Minister for Social Security Senator Graham Richardson

S O C IA L S E C U R IT Y A G R EEM EN T N E G O T IA T IO N S W IT H G REECE TO S T A R T

A formal assurance that Greek pensions will be paid into Australia without restriction has now been received from the Greek Government.

A spokesperson for the office of the Minister for Social Security, Senator Richardson, said: "We received advice late yesterday from the Australian embassy in Athens that the assurance had been received. This clears the way for the

negotiations with Greece to begin” .

An Australian social security delegation will go to Greece for a week of agreement negotiations from the 6th to the 10th of May.

The Minister's office explained that Australian and Greek Social security officials would be examining ways in which their social security systems could be coordinated under an . agreement.

The delegation, led by Mr David Murdoch, will meet with members of the Australian Greek community in Athens as well as with Greek officials.

Meetings will also be arranged with the Greek community in Australia after the delegation returns. This will let the community know what progress has been made toward a new social security agreement between the two countries.

Contact: David Murdoch (Department) 06 - 2502474 Gregg Borschmann (Minister's office) 06 - 2777560.

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