Quote: Originally posted by alias on 19 April 2006
Once again, why do I have to 'apply for residence' ? Of course, being irritated by these things won't stop me jumping through those hoops if I eventually decide that Corfu IS the place I want to be..... But first I will have to jump through another E.U. country's hoop and pay their extortionate non resident's capital gains fee....and they have rules in place to make sure it's paid....
Yammas! Just ignore me and eventually I'll go away....
We don't want you to go away Alias, your comments are very interesting.
As you say this law is obviously open to each individual countries interpretation and Greece has interpreted it in accordance with it's own laws, which are different to the UK's.
You might want to take into consideration the fact that Greece still has a very hostile relationship with Turkey so they do like to know who is entering their country. They take their country's defence very seriously, which is why they appeared to be dealing very harshly with the 'plane spotters' a few years ago. Photography at airports is forbidden because in a state of war airports are used as military bases.
In the nearly eight years I lived in Greece security problems between Turkey and Greece were a regular occurance so it isn't just an ancient feud they're dealing with.
As you say, maybe you need to vent your frustrations at the British Government and they way they've dealt with the freedom of movement thing. (I did read something recently about them wanting to tighten the law up over here too)