I am not a fan of fishing and don’t really understand the joys of this hobby/sport/pastime but did you know that in Greece, you cannot get a fishing permit if you are American, Canadian, Australian, Albanian or a non-European Union national (including tourists and permanent residents) ?
Genci Hoxha, who is from Albania but has lived here for 10 years, went to the Greek ombudsman to complain. He spoke to the Athens News:
I’ve always loved fishing and thought I would start fishing at the weekend. I went out and bought fishing gear and started asking about how to get a fishing permit. A friend of mine told me that it was very easy and issued on the spot. But officials refused to issue me the permit because I’m from Albania. I don’t think this is fair
The Greek ombudsman agrees with him.
It is a violation of article 4 of the Greek penal code, which says foreigners enjoy the same civil rights as natives, as well as article 5 (free development of personality) of the Greek constitution
For others who enjoy fishing but cannot do it in Greece, I think Mr. Hoxha sums it up:
It’s very discouraging. I’ve been living in Greece legally for 10 years and it’s been an uphill struggle getting my residence permit. It’s a disappointment that I have to fight to get something so simple as a fishing permit