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Australia Strengthens Ties With Greece

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade today
announced the appointment of Mr Christos Gandas as
Australian Honorary Consul in Thessaloniki. His jurisdiction
will cover the regions of Macedonia and Thrace in northern

The decision by Mr Alexander Downer, the Minister for
Foreign Affairs, to establish the Consulate in Thessaloniki
is a clear demonstration of the Government's commitment to
strengthening ties with the Hellenic Republic. The consulate
was inaugurated by The Hon. Philip Ruddock, Minister for
Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, earlier this year
during his visit to Greece. This brings to 41 the number of
Australian Consulates headed by Honorary Consuls throughout
the world, 17 of them in Europe.

Mr Gandas is a Greek-Australian businessman who has
successfully established and managed two companies in
Thessaloniki for the past five years. He is well placed to
provide consular and passport assistance to Australians
resident in and travelling through northern Greece and can
offer on-the-spot advice to Australian firms wanting to
capitalise on business opportunities in the region.

Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece, and
home to about 25,000 Australian citizens. It is the economic
hub of a dynamic region that has experienced substantial
growth in recent years, including the upgrading of
Thessaloniki port and airport facilities, the construction
of the Egnatia Highway in northern Greece and the
establishment of the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank,
headquartered in Thessaloniki, to fund regional
infrastructure projects.

The Consulate opened for business on Monday 23 November
1998 at:

20 lonos Dragoumi

Tel. (30 31) 240 706
Fax. (30 31) 260 237

Media Inquiries:

Tony Melville/Kirk Coningham (02) 6261 1555

Last Updated: 19 September 2014
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