Athens.- The new draft law on the World Council of Hellenes Abroad, SAE, was introduced in Parliament on Thursday by Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis, having as its main goal to upgrade the organization and make its operation more effective in order to meet its constitutional mandate.
Kassimis stated that the draft law was prepared based on the experience gained during the 10 years of the SAE operation, the exchange of views between the foreign ministry leadership, the SAE bodies and representatives of the Greek Diaspora and the cooperation of the country’s political forces.
Kassimis stated that the draft law safeguards SAE’s institutional role by clearly defining the legal framework, the limits and the way its authority will be exercised, while SAE’s organizational structure and the operation of its bodies are clearly stated.
The SAE draft law provides, among others, that the SAE bodies will have a 4-year tenure and no one will be elected to the same post for more than two terms. The basic principle of representation is being consolidated increasing the number of Regions and relevant Coordinating Councils from 4 to 7.
Also, the SAE Presidium, the Coordinating Councils and distinguished Greek expatriates will meet in Greece 10 months after the SAE Regular Assembly to define the organization’s goals and priorities.
Regional Assemblies, for the current period, will meet in September 2006, while the next SAE Regular Assembly will take place in early December 2006. In addition, the SAE Presidium will have to submit the SAE budget proposal each year in November.