Greece’s Supreme Court Ruled Special Property Tax Unconstitutional

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Greece’s Supreme Court of Civil and Penal Law ruled the special property tax levied through the electricity bills as unconstitutional and opposite to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The so-called “haratsi,” a scornful tag from taxes during the Ottoman Occupation, was introduced in 2011 by Evangelos Venizelos who was the Greek Finance Minister at that time.

Today’s decision will be referred to the plenary of Greece’s Supreme Court for the final decision, as the judges voted 3 for and 2 against on Friday.

According to the reasoning of the Supreme Court’s decision, the “haratsi” is imposed according to property criteria (square meters etc) and not according to economic criteria of each individual taxpayer who has suffered painful cuts in salaries, pensions and now obligated to pay extra taxation.

All these strict measures and the extra financial obligations are very hard to meet by the taxpayers. These financial strains are responsible for disrupting family harmony and for the decline in people’s living standards.

The special property tax was originally planned for two years but in the process it became a permanent measure by Greece’s coalition government. A measure that is an additional burden to Greek taxpayers in times of great recession, unemployment and severe cuts in salaries and pensions.


  • Give me your wallet

    “All these strict measures and the extra financial obligations are very hard to meet by the taxpayers. These financial strains are responsible for disrupting family harmony and for the decline in people’s living standards.”

    What a bunch of propaganda. The tax rate in Greece is LESS than that of Sweden. Our extremists (mostly leftwing) want both services and not to pay taxes at the same time!

    These self-righteous morons are exactly the sorts that got us into debt in the first place. Still pointing fingers at everyone else for our government debts….then still shamelessly demanding government handouts (i.e. money from other taxpayers). They have learned absolutely nothing from our debt fiasco. Nothing.

  • MAKEDONSKA AKROPOLA

    Fake “Greex” act like a snake with smashed head!

  • Isis Temple

    Wow they plan to follow the constitution now???!!!!

  • Isis Temple

    Only thing with a smashed head is a Bulgarian who thinks he has anything to do with Greece’s Macedonia.
    Look at the bright side you filthy skop, a smashed head might keep the Albanians from beheading you!

  • TediUSA

    A ha ha ha Merkel will definitely love how the Greeks are reversing the terms and conditions of their bailouts.I feel like Greece will be given the German middle finger very soon.

  • pavlos

    Hope so, when did the E/U give the Germans totalitarian power over the E/U I thought it was partnership……German power grab, with the fascist Dupe from east Germany Merkel leading the charge……..Why do the Germans have separate trade partners ( Turkey and El- Salvador) vested in these countries threw out WW11 to this very day .???….The Black Booted enslaver the ridged uncompromising German economic mid set……..Especially when it come’s too there lowly inferiors, and there unchangeable medieval, overtly corrupt Greek infrastructure, with there tainted fiefdom style business community mentality….

  • TediUSA

    At least the Bulgarians have the dignity and pride not to demand bailouts from the rest of the World ,unlike the Greeks,so they are much better than the Greek thieves!