Deputy minister of Interior, Charalampos Athanassiou, and the director of the Manpower Employment ogrganization (OAED), Elias Kikilias, signed a protocol of collaboration for the implementation of electronic communication and interactive information between the two bodies. According to this protocol, the certificate of unemployment will be no longer required as a document for the renewal of residence permits, since the pertinent department of the Ministry of the Interion will have an direct electronic access to the unemployment record of third-country nationals.

The implementation of this system aims at the simplification of proceduires for the renewal of residence permits, the reduction of administrative burdens for citizens and services and the elimination of falsification of documents submitted to public services.