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GREECE [1]


Legislation

L. 2867/2000
Organisation and operation of Telecommunications and other provisions
["Law 2867/2000, which took effect a few days prior to the end of 2000, marked the full liberalization of the telecommunications sector in Greece. As a Framework Law, L.2867/200 established the main directions/principles for the regulation of the telecommunications sector within a fully liberalized environment, granting extensive competence to the National Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT), an administratively and financially independent authority, with the responsibility to control and regulate the telecommunications sector as well as to supervise the telecommunications market. More specifically EETT’s responsibilities include Licensing, Numbering /Internet Domain Naming, Interconnection, Unbundled Access to the Local Loop, Leased Lines, Electronic Signatures, Universal Service, Costing /Pricing Control, Monitoring and Analysis of the Telecommunications Market, International Relations/Representation and Protection of Consumer Rights" (Quotation from: EARNEST GN2 Foresight Study, Organisational and Governance Study Issues. An example: GR Governance and Organisational Structures, Author Jorge-A. Sanchez-P., http://www.terena.org/activities/earnest/docs/EARNEST_GR_governanceV1.pdf ). In particular, art. 3 par. 14 (a) designates the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission (HTPC) as competent Independent Administrative Authority and National Regulatory Authority for the registration of Greek domain names]

Related document:
Codification in single text of L. 2246/1994 on Organisation and operation of Telecommunications, as standing following amendments by virtue of L. 2366/1995, 2374/1996, 2465/1997, 2578/1998, 2668/1998, 2801/2000, 2840/2000 and PDs 212/1997, 123/1998, 124/1998, 156/1999, 157/1999 and 165/1999.

New article 5/A par. of the revised Constitution (2001)
[“All persons shall have the right to develop freely their personality and to participate in the social, economic and political life of the country […]”: sets the premises to participation in the Information Society”. The State must facilitate both access to electronically handled information as well as the production, exchange and dissemination of such information]
http://brise.ernact.net/TW/TWDocs/2/GreeceISS.pdf

HTPC decisions

Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission (HTPC)
Decision 264/140
on the designation of Providers of Universal Service

Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission (HTPC)
Decision 255/83
on the definition of the content of Universal Service

Projects and Strategies

Digital Strategy 2006- 2013
["In 2005 the Information Technology Committee developed, for the first time in our country, an integrated Digital Strategy for the period 2006 – 2013. The Digital Strategy 2006 – 2013 aims at the creation of all the necessary conditions for the materialization of a 'digital leap' in terms of productivity and quality of life in the period 2006 – 2013. As for the next period, the Digital Strategy sets as the country’s basic objective, the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and of new skills. Having set the strategic goals, the Information Technology Committee, which is the highest institutional body for the planning of the strategy and for the development of IT, made the following 4 steps for the drafting of the country’s digital course for the period 2006-2013.
1st Step : Examination – identification of the source of the problems that impede the use of ICT in our country.
2nd Step : Analysis of the International Policies on Information Society and the New Technologies. Identification of the good examples and of the failures of the other countries.
3rd Step : Study of the international and European developments in the field of Information Society (EU policy i2010, WSIS developments etc.)
4th Step : Setting the basic directions of the digital strategy for the period 2006 – 2013, always taking into account the particularities of the Greek economy and society.
The digital strategy 2006 – 2013 replaces the “White Paper” for the Information Society and strengthens the role of the existing Operational Program for the Information Society, by reexamining its goals. At the same time, the new digital strategy meets the challenges of the 4th Operational Period (2007-2013) and is compatible with the new European policy for the Information Society “i2010” and with the “Jobs and Growth’ action plan, both of which were worked out in the first semester of 2005.
See also Digital Strategy 2000-2006:
http://www.infosoc.gr/NR/rdonlyres/41CB3A72-8C7A
-47D6-B21C-5FC8786DEA6F/3070/DIGITALSTRATEGY.pdf
]
http://www.infosoc.gr/infosoc/en-UK/sthnellada/committee/default1/top.htm

Hellenic Republic
OPIS - Operational Programme “Information Society”
Managing Authority for the OP: Greek Ministry of Economy and Finance
["OPIS is the main level for implementing an overall national strategy leading to the Information Society. Major institutional actions are being implemented in parallel with supplementary measures under the operational programme.
In order to achieve its two general objectives OPIS has set a series of specific objectives or priorities” in 5 Action Lines: Education and Culture, Citizens and Quality of Life, The Digital Economy and Employment, Communications, Technical Assistance"
Duration of OP: 1.1.2000 to 31.12.2006
Deadline for completion of the OP Actions: 31.12.2008]
http://www.infosoc.gr/infosoc/en-UK/epktp/Page2.htm
http://www.infosoc.gr/NR/rdonlyres/26B82409-8BE8-4B81
-A988-3FF5F5F13F71/408/InformationSociety_program.doc

Related document:
Annual Report, 2000-
http://www.infosoc.gr/infosoc/en-UK/epktp/Parakoloythish_ajiologish/EthsiaEktheshEkteleshs/

NAPIn - National Action Plan for Social inclusion
["The OP employs a dual strategy for social implementation, that is, general measures that provide quotas for people with special needs and/or women, as well as measures that include action categories with special provisions for vulnerable groups.
The connection between NAPIn (National Action Plan for Inclusion) and OPIS (Operational Programme “Information Society”) is summarized below:
[…]
Aim 1.2: In the access to resources, rights, goods and services, the connection lies mainly in measures relating to Education, Health and Welfare.
Aim 2: Prevention of the danger of isolation, by confronting the digital gap and electronic exclusion, assisting people with special needs and preventing their marginalization, and reorganize rural areas and counteract their geographic isolation. By confronting the digital gap the OP is considered indirectly involved […].]
http://www.infosoc.gr/infosoc/en-UK/epktp/Sunthesh/Esden/

Greece in the Information Society. Strategy and Actions
White Paper
2002
[The White Paper formed the basis for the funding initiatives that are included in the Operational Programme for the Information Society of the 3rd Community Support Framework which was approved by the European Commission in April 2000. See now Digital Strategies 2006-2013]
http://brise.ernact.net/TW/TWDocs/2/GreeceISS.pdf

Sources

Efemeris tes kiberneseos tes Hellenikes Demokratias, [c.n.v.].

Web Sources [English versions]

Boulè tòn Ellènon (Parliament)
http://www.parliament.gr/english/default.asp

Information Society Portal
http://en.infosoc.gr/
http://www.infosoc.gr/infosoc/en-UK/default.htm

Ministry of Economy and Finance - Greek Initiative “Information Society-Greek Research and Technology Network
http://www.grnet2.gr/index_en.html

Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (HTPC)
[National Regulatory Authority, which supervises and regulates the telecommunications as well as the postal services market]
http://www.htpc.gr/site/
http://www.eett.gr/EETT_EN/Index.html

Hellenic Data Protection Authority
http://www.dpa.gr/portal/page?_pageid=33,15048&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

 


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Many thanks to Spyridon Galanis, ECPRD Correspondent - Greek Parliament, who also pointed out the following documents on different specific themes:
Domain names:
Hellenic Data Protection Authority, Decision 268/73 on registration and management of domain names ending “.gr”;
L. 2867/200 art. 3 par. 14 (a) on the designation of the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission ( HTPC) as competent Independent Administrative Authority and National Regulatory Authority for  the registration of Greek domain names;
L. 2239/1994 on trade marks;
L. 1089/1980 on registration and protection of trade brands;
L. 146/14 on unfair competition.
Copyright:
L. 3057/2002 art. 81 - Harmonisation with Directive 2001/29 EC of the European Parliament and the Council of May 29 2001 on the harmonization of  certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the Information Society and other provisions;
L. 2819/2000 art. 7 - Harmonization with Directive 96/9 EEC of the European Parliament and the Council of March 11 1996 on the legal protection of data bases (Amendment of L. 2121/93);
L. 2557/A-271 Institutions, measures and actions for cultural development (Amendment of L. 2121/93);
L. 2121/1993 Copyright, related rights and cultural issues.
Protection of personal data:
L. 2774/1999 - Protection of personal data in the telecommunications sector;
Hellenic Data Protection Authority, Decision 408/1998 - Press publication of processed personal data for the information of interested parties - Codification in a unified text;
L. 2472/1997 on the protection of the individual against personal data processing, Following relevant amendments by virtue of L. 2623/1998, 2703/1999, 2721/1999, 2819/2000 [art. 8] and 2915/2001.
Electronic communications:
Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission (HTPC), Decision 268/73 - Regulation on the Management and Assignment of Domain Names holding the [.gr] suffix (GG Issue 1617/31-12-2002);
Regulation n.78794/1999 on the procedure for issuing and amending General Licenses, Filing, Amending and Renewing Registration Statement and suspending the right of General License usage;
P.D. 165/1999 on the amendment of L.2246/1994 as standing, as conforming with a) Directive 97/33/EC on interconnection in telecommunications with regard to ensuring universal service and interoperability through the application of the principles of open network provision (ONP), b) Directive 98/61/EC "amending Directive 97/33/EC in what concerns operator number portability and carrier pre-selection".

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