Put the map back the way it was

I am a boring person. I don’t like changes. I like things the way I know them.

I left Greece exactly 10 years ago for UK, but only a few months ago I found out that the government has re-arranged Greece’s peripheries and for some of them it has changed their names. For example, Patra is not part of Peloponnese anymore, Thrace is called “East Macedonia and Thrace” now, while there is no Sterea Ellada, and Dodecanese & Cyclades are souped up now. Why the hell was there a need to change something like this? Cutting down Greek Macedonia in 3 and “elliminating” Thrace is stupid. If they wanted to change something, they should have renamed Sterea Ellada to “Roumeli” (its original name) and be done with it. Why make changes over changes for something that it’s already so well-crafted in my mind since my school years and it made more historical sense? I fail to see how the new changes make it easier to administrate these peripheries. Although it might be better for the Aegean islands now, I don’t think it’s better for the mainland. If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

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memson wrote on November 16th, 2006 at 9:11 AM PST:

They did this back in my parents generation in the UK. They changed a bunch of counties boundaries.

BT did the same kind of insane thing a few years back. They changed a bunch of dialling codes… so now about 5 regions have codes that start 02 where as the rest of the country are 01 and made our phone numbers 2 digits longer. Places that benefitted: Nouthern Ireland – the whole province has the same dialling code now. London is now all one too. Places that are real WTF’s Portsmouth and Southampton – both had distinct dialling codes, now have the same one with either 80 or 92 added to the original number. But, if I phone a 80 prefixed number from a 92 area, I get charged national rate. WTF?

Conclusion: all institutions are messed up in the heads, be they government or privatge business.

Apotheosis wrote on November 16th, 2006 at 9:47 AM PST:

I think it was done in order (or in the process of) to cut down admin costs. I am not sure, but in case you are not aware, your ‘arithmos dhmotologiou’ might have changed and you need that for passport renewal (just went through the process this week in the London embassy).

You know, the more I keep reading Greek blogs from Greeks living in Greece, the less I want to eventually go back.


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Eugenia wrote on November 16th, 2006 at 10:08 AM PST:

I got a new passport last year along with a new number, I think I am ok about that. ;-)

mave wrote on November 20th, 2006 at 3:12 AM PST:

@Eugenia: they did this so they can –supposedly– manage resources more effectivelly. More than that, the new division in Peripheries is on par with the EU funding that Greece receives. (For example, Central Macedonia is in a better financial situation than thrace AND east macedonia.)

Anyway , these are just names given to administrative divisions, they could call them whatever.

@Apotheosis: things are not that bad. I guess that for some staying abroad is easier than coming back :)

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