Atlanta City Council Opposes Closing of Greek Consulate

The Atlanta City Council is urging the nation of Greece to reconsider a recently announced decision to close its consulate in the city.
A resolution council members passed unanimously on Monday expresses disappointment in the decision, part of a cost-cutting plan to consolidate Greece’s consular presence in the United States.
Greece has maintained a consulate in Atlanta staffed by career diplomats for more than 30 years, said Councilman Kwanza Hall, chairman of the Atlanta Committee on International Relations, which works to connect the city’s international community with elected officials and business leaders.
“During that time, the Greek consulate has been a strong advocate for the tens of thousands of Greeks and Americans of Greek descent in Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee,” Hall said. “By passing this resolution … my colleagues and I hope that the Greek government will reconsider its decision.”
Under the consolidation plan, the Greek consulate in Tampa, Fla., will expand its responsibilities by assuming the duties that were being performed by the consulate in Atlanta.
Greece has been mired in a government-debt crisis for several years that has forced the Greek government to put in place a series of austerity measures and look to financially stronger members of the European Union for aid.
(source: bizjournals)