Extension of Validity of Residence Permits & Blue Certificates due to Coronavirus

Pursuant to Ministerial Decision No. 14119/2020 of the Minister for Migration and Asylum (FEK 1654/B/04-05-2020), residence permits and blue certificates that have already expired during 2020 (and could be legally renewed) or will expire by 30/06/2020, may be renewed at any time until 31/12/2020; their validity is automatically (ex officio) extended until the date of submission of the application for renewal, i.e. the validity of residence permits and of blue certificates is automatically extended until 31/12/2020 the latest.

Specifically, according to the aforementioned Ministerial Decision:

  1. Residence permits, issued pursuant to Law 4251/2014 and to Presidential Decree 106/2007 respectively, which expired during the period between 01 December 2019 and 11 March 2020 and were to be renewed in accordance with the provisions of Law 4251/2014 and of Presidential Decree 106/2007, and residence permits that expire(d) during the period between 12 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, may be renewed by 31 December 2020.
  2. The certificates (“blue attestations / blue certificates”) issued in accordance with articles 8 and 9 of Law 4251/2014 and the specific attestations of legal residence referred to article 25 of Law 4251/2014, which expired prior to 12 March and which were to be renewed in accordance with relevant provisions, and those expiring during the period between 13 March 2020 and 30 June 2020, may be renewed by 31 December 2020.
  3. For the time period between the expiry of the above legal titles of residence and the date of submission of application for their renewal, the respective legal titles are considered to be ex officio extended.
  4. Third-country nationals holders of a national VISA (type D VISA) who are under the obligation, during the period between 12 March 2020 and 15 May 2020, to submit an application for the award of an initial residence permit, are entitled to submit the relevant application no later than 30 September 2020.

Pursuant to Joint Ministerial Decision of the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Health and the Minister for Migration and Asylum No 3332/7.4.2020 (FEK 1297/B/10-04-2020), the operation of services requiring the reception of public in all units of aliens and immigration has been suspended until 15 May 2020, i.e. no applications for the award of an initial residence permit, for the renewal of a residence permit or for the renewal of a blue certificate can be submitted until 15 May 2020.

Cooperation with the personal injury experts Irish lawyers MOLONEY & CO

Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates are pleased to announce the establishment of a close cooperation with the leading claimants’ law firm in Ireland MOLONEY & CO. SOLICITORS, for the purpose of offering expert legal services and protection to:

  • Irish tourists or business travelers who suffer accidents or get injured while visiting Greece
  • Greek tourists or business travelers who suffer accidents while in Ireland

Norman Atlantic – The Criminal Trial started on May 6, 2019

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The criminal trial concerning the tragic fire onboard the ro-ro NORMAN ATLANTIC in December 2014 started on 6 May 2019 at the Tribunale di Bari in Bitonto, Italy. Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates participates in this criminal trial on behalf of the victims represented by the firm.

In the course of the hearing, the Italian lawyers representing our clients, Avvocato Stefano Bertone and Avvocato Marco Bona, filed an oral and written application to the Judge to order the continuation of the detention of Norman Atlantic at the port of Bari (Istanza Sequestro  Probatorio M/N NORMAN ATLANTIC); the aim is to keep the ship in Bari port for eventual re-visiting and examination by technical experts, should it become necessary during the trials. The Bari Prosecutor supported our request, as did other lawyers of victims. A decision by the Judge is expected on this issue.

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The continuation of the procedure was set for May 21, 2019, when motions, objections and declarations by the defendants are expected to be raised.

Upon completion of these preliminary proceedings of the criminal trial, a Three-Member Criminal Court will enter into the substance of the criminal charges on a date to will be determined by the Court.

The civil proceedings, i.e. the trial concerning the compensation claim, filed by the 102 victims of the maritime incident who are represented by Pavlakis – Moschos & Associates Law Firm versus the NORMAN ATLANTIC  owners, managers, charterers, classification society and shipyard, is going through various stages and phases and is steadily proceeding at the Tribunale di Bari.

 The two trials, both criminal and civil, are proceeding in parallel, and our firm participates in both on behalf of our clients.

ΝORMAN ATLANTIC – The Battle Continues

20th February 2019: The trial civil on the claim filed by 102 surviving passengers and relatives of deceased passengers is developing. New issues have been raised by the defendants during the 20.2.2019 at the Bari Court. The Judge is now expected to issue an order/ intermediate decision deciding on the issues raised and fixing the new hearing date for the continuance of the trial.

The criminal trial will start in the Bari Court on 6 May 2019. Thirty two persons and entities are indicted, including high ranked management officers of the companies ANEK and VISEMAR, the master, certain officers and crew of the ship, accused for acts and omissions that caused the death of a number of passengers and subjected the surviving passengers to a horrible and traumatic experience, which resulted to psychological injuries that will never hea


  • The criminal trial for the Norman Atlantic tragedy (Italian proceedings), will commence on May 6, 2019, at Bitonto, nearby Bari of Italy.
  • The defendants against whom criminal charges have been brought are thirty two (32); amongst them are the owners of VISEMAR and ANEK, the captain, officers and crew members of the ship.
  • The trial is expected to last for long, and to be continued on numerous hearing dates that will be scheduled by the Court.

NORMAN ATLANTIC – Tribunale di Bari – July 11, 2018

The third hearing of the civil action of the NORMAN ATLANTIC maritime accident victims represented by our firm took place before the Bari Court of Italy on 11 July 2018. During this hearing, procedural and pre-litigation issues were again raised by various parties to the proceedings. The competent Judge, Carmela Romano, deemed that the resolution of these issues is necessary before the Court proceeds to examination of the substance of the case, i.e. the facts of fire on the ship, the causes and liabilities for the maritime tragedy, and the damage and losses suffered by the victims. An order / preliminary ruling is expected to be issued by the Judge shortly. The new hearing date before the Bari Court - which is expected to get into the substance of the case - will be determined by judicial order in a short time.

NORMAN ATLANTIC: Update Regarding the Judicial Proceedings in Italy

1. The Civil Procedures, regarding the compensation claims that have been filed on behalf of the survivors and families of deceased passengers who are being represented by our law firm: On 4 April 2018 the parties to the dispute appeared for the second time – the first being on 27 September 2017 – before the Tribunal of Bari, Italy, where the civil claims for compensation are pending. The Court is still at the stage where procedural, necessary issues are being examined. The next hearing has been fixed for 11 July 2018, during which it is possible that the Judge will enter into the substance of the case, including the factual circumstances, the causes for the tragedy, the responsible parties and the liabilities involved.

2. The Criminal Procedure: Extensive evidence material, information, data, indications etc. have been gathered and examined. The pre-judicial investigation by the technical experts appointed by the Judge in Bari (GIP) has been completed. Technical reports have been issued by the GIP, the competent Italian Port Authorities, the experts appointed by the Public Prosecutor in Bari, the special committee instructed by the competent Italian ministry. It is now expected that the Prosecutor in Bari will soon pronounce and file charges against specific accused persons for the tragic maritime incident. The date of commencement of the criminal trial in Bari Courts has not yet been fixed.