Diamantopoulou: Adherance to ban on non-state universities in Greece anachronistic

14 February 2019
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A former education minister and Greece’s one-time EU Commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou, on Wednesday added her voice to political criticism in the country over the leftist Tsipras government opposition to any revision of a constitutional article preventing the operation of non-state universities in the country.

Her comments were shortly followed by a statement from KI.NAL party leader Fofi Gennimata in parliament that her party, which has mostly coalesced around the once dominant socialist PASOK party, would support a revision of Article 16.

Greece is among the few countries in the world that legally blocks the foundation and operation of non-state, non-profit tertiary institutions, as Article 16 of the constitution keeps higher education firmly in the state’s grip.

Specifically, the fifth paragraph of the controversial article reads:
“…Education at university level shall be provided exclusively by institutions which are fully self-governed public law legal persons. These institutions shall operate under the supervision of the State and are entitled to financial assistance from it; they shall operate on the basis of statutorily enacted by-laws.”

Diamantopoulou, a long-time PASOK cadre with several terms as a Parliament MP, referred to “back-tracking” and “a persistence to an obsolete past.”

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