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Greece. 2016 ‘International Transfers.’ National Report of Greece on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA); Section 3, p. 2. New York NY: Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations. 10 March

Relevant contents

Section 3: International Transfers

Laws, regulations and administrative procedures

5. Does your country have laws, regulations or administrative procedures to exercise effective control over the export, import, transit or retransfer of SALW? YES

5.1. List laws, regulations or administrative procedures to exercise effective control over the export, import, transit or retransfer of SALW.

Applicable legislation, governing the export of conventional arms is based on LAW 2168/93 of September 3rd, 1993 (Government Gazette 147) which determines matters pertaining to military goods (including SALW), ammunition, explosive devices and substances.

The above mentioned law was revised with LAW 3944/11 on April 6, 2011 (Government Gazette 67) in order to incorporate EU directive 2008/51/EC of the European Parliament and the Council (May 21, 2008) which had amended Council Directive 91/477/EEC on the control of the acquisition and possession of weapons. The incorporated provisions include marking and tracing as well as stricter guidelines for record keeping.

Furthermore, initial legislation governing arms exports was further amended with LAW 4028/11 on November 11, 2011 (Government Gazette 242) in order to incorporate Directive 2009/43/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 simplifying terms and conditions of transfer of defense-related products within the Community, and the EU Common Position on Brokering 2003/468/CFSP…

Finally, the relevant documents required for the issuance of a license are indicated in Ministerial Decision No. 900/2553/Σ.751/14 of March 12, 2012 (Government Gazette B' 746), while suppliers are required to follow specific guidelines for the secure transport of goods required by article 12 of LAW 4028/2011 and further stipulated in Ministerial Decision No. 900/7532/Σ. 2126/2012 of June 11, 2012 (Government Gazette B' 1830)

Licensing and authorisation

5.2. Does a person or an entity who transfers SALW require a licence or other form of authorisation to transfer SALW from/into your country? YES

5.3. Is it a criminal offence to trade SALW without a licence or authorisation, or to do so in a manner that is in contradiction to the terms of a licence or authorisation, in your country? YES

[SALW = Small Arms and Light Weapons]

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