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Accreditation for Media Representatives

Do I need an accreditation card?

Foreign media representatives who work in Greece need to be accredited in order to be provided with professional facilities. An accreditation card is issued to those representatives of foreign print and electronic media working as correspondents or covering special events.

1. Correspondents wishing to apply for an accreditation card may use the following information:
•    Am I eligible for correspondent status?
•    I want to issue an accreditation for the first time.
•    I need to renew my accreditation.
•    What privileges will I enjoy?
•    Which Greek Authority is responsible for foreign media correspondents?
•    Visit the Foreign Press Association in Athens.

Download the application form

2.  Media representatives who visit Greece in order to cover special events, for usually a short period of time, will also need an accreditation in order to be granted access to Press Centers set up especially for the events held.

3.  Moreover, Media representatives must be accredited when they participate in Official or Working Visits of Greek officials (President of the Hellenic Republic and the Greek Prime Minister) abroad, as well as Official/Working Visits of foreign officials (Prime Ministers and Heads of State) in our country.

How do I apply for an accreditation card?

Foreign Media correspondents can fill in this application form and have it sent via e-mail at (Foreign Correspondents’ Office, Public Relations Directorate, Secretariat General of Communication & Information), or fax at +30 213 1318313, +30 210 9098313.

To be granted an accreditation card for special events, you can apply on-line after the official announcement of the event. You may also send your personal data (valid ID and Press Card) via email at , or fax at +30 213 1318313, +30 210 9098313.

Where do I collect my accreditation card from?

The authority responsible for issuing accreditation cards is the Secretariat General of Information & Communication -Domestic Public Relations Department.

The accreditation cards are collected by the Media Representatives themselves either at our premises or at the Press Center before the opening of the event in question. Occasionally, those who have not applied in time, a last minute accreditation procedure is provided at the Press Center.       

Information pertaining to press and communications matters can be sought at the Press & Communications Office of the Greek Embassy in London.

Foreign Press Correspondents ought to have a permanent residence in Greece.

According to Article 1 of the Ministerial Decree No 22356/Δ/634/3.11.1998:

  • Foreign Press Correspondents are defined as journalists who have as their main profession the dispatch, on a regular basis, of news reports, commentaries, articles, etc., to news agencies, radio/television networks or stations, daily newspapers and internationally-distinguished magazines which are based abroad. In addition, photojournalists employed in a permanent working relationship by international news agencies, or collaborate with recognized photojournalistic agencies and dispatch, on a regular basis, photographic material of Greek interest, are also considered foreign press correspondents.

  • Foreign Press Contributors are defined as persons engaged in the regular dispatch of news reports, commentaries, articles and radio/television material to weekly, fortnightly and monthly publications (political, financial, various material – not, however, specialized ones), radio and television programs, as well as local stations, all based abroad.

  • Foreign Press Assistants are defined as persons employed by the bureaus of international news agencies and radio/television networks in Greece, in order to serve them on an administrative or journalistic level, or those employed by an accredited correspondent of a reputable, mass circulation newspaper in order to assist him/her in his/her work.

Procedure for First Accreditation

The journalist who is representing the foreign press and is seeking accreditation, brings, in person, the following supporting documents to the Public Relations Directorate of the Secretariat General of Information & Communication, where he/she also fills in an accreditation form:

  • Letter of assignment on official letterhead from the Publisher / Assignment Editor / Bureau Chief of the mass medium he/she represents, requesting his/her accreditation for the current year as a correspondent / contributor / assistant with a permanent employment relationship in Greece.
  • Certification or evidence proving that the applicant has exercised the journalistic profession for at least two years prior to taking up his/her position in Greece, or a sample of work consisting of at least ten (10) recent articles and a copy of the newspaper or magazine. Representatives of electronic media and photojournalistic agencies must submit certification from the director of the mass medium, with reference to the applicant’s professional activity during the last three-month period.
  • Journalistic identity card (if there is one, preferably from a foreign press association)
  • If the applicant is not an EU national, his/her valid passport from his/her country of origin. If the applicant is an EU national, his/her identity card or passport from a member-state of the European Union.
  • Tax registration number ("ΑΦΜ" for Greek) stating his/her employment capacity according to his/her income tax declaration.
  • Certification from the ETAP-MME social insurance body (Proprietors, Editors, Employees of the Press Fund) – in which foreign press correspondents and contributors are lawfully obliged to enlist – or certification from the ESHEA social insurance body – in the case of native journalists – or certification of legal exemption from ETAP-MME, if the applicant has submitted relative supporting evidence that he/she is insured with a corresponding social insurance body for journalists abroad. Submitting a private social insurance is considered complementary.
  • Brief curriculum vitae.
  • Two (2) recent photographs (passport size).

Download the application form

The accreditation card is valid for one year and is renewable. Accreditation requests are assessed on the basis of the documents submitted, including additional documents, if necessary. The Secretariat General of Communication & Information / Secretariat General of Mass Media reserves the right to withdraw the accreditation card in case the working relationship of the journalist with the medium represented is suspended.

Procedure for Renewal of Accreditation

For the accreditation renewal and the issue of a new identity card, the foreign press correspondents / contributors / assistants are requested to submit the following:

  • Letter of assignment on official letterhead from the Publisher / Assignment Editor / Bureau Chief of the news organization they represent, certifying the same employment status.
  • Clippings of last year’s published work (for members of the printed press) or certification (for members of the electronic mass media or photojournalistic agencies).
  • Tax registration number ("ΑΦΜ" for Greek) stating his/her employment capacity according to his/her income tax declaration.
  • Certification from the ETAP-MME social insurance body (Proprietors, Editors, Employees of the Press Fund) – in which foreign press correspondents and contributors are lawfully obliged to enlist – or certification from the ESHEA social insurance body – in the case of native journalists – or certification of legal exemption from ETAP-MME, if the applicant has submitted relative supporting evidence that he/she is insured with a corresponding social insurance body for journalists abroad. Submitting a private social insurance is considered complementary.

Media representatives may call to check the status of their request. Once their request is accepted, an accreditation card may be picked up from the Secretariat General of Information & Communication / Secretariat General of Mass Media’s premises.

Professional Service, Tax Exemptions, Residence Permit

  • The non-EU foreign press correspondent – not the contributor – is entitled to a residence permit in Greece, issued by the competent Hellenic Authorities, following relevant certification by the Secretariat General of Information & Communication / Secretariat General of Mass Media.
  • Only Foreign Press Correspondents are entitled to tax / duties exemptions.
  • Foreign Press Correspondents who wish to renew the import tax exemption card on cars and goods, are requested to address the Ministry of Finance, after having renewed and received his/her accreditation card by the Secretariat General of Information & Communication / Secretariat General of Mass Media.
  • Accredited journalists receive, via e-mail, information regarding the official visits of foreign state delegations in Greece as well as the official visits of the Hellenic Prime Minister and President of the Hellenic Republic abroad.
  • Accredited journalists also receive, via e-mail, the minutes of the Government Spokesman’s briefings.
  • The accreditation card issued by the Secretariat General of Information & Communication / Secretariat General of Mass Media is a prerequisite for becoming a member of the Foreign Press Association in Athens.

Authority

The Public Relations Directorate – within its jurisdiction- is in charge of the accreditation of the Foreign Press Correspondents as well as of effectively and substantially assisting them in the exercise of their profession/assignment. Foreign Press Representatives who live and work in Greece may be accredited by the Secretariat General of Information & Communication- Public Relations Directorate in order to be provided with the professional facilities deriving from the Hellenic legal framework regarding mass media.

Contact details
Secretariat General of Communication & Information – Secretariat General of Mass Media
Public Relations Directorate
International Public Relations Department
Foreign Correspondents’ Office

Tel. + 30 210 9098321-3, -177, -187
Fax. +30 210 9098313, +30 210 9098344
E-mail:
Address:
11 Fragoudi  and Al. Pantou St., Kallithea, 101 63, Athens, 4th floor, Office 406

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