Greek Acronyms

AADE - Independent Authority for Public Revenue

Ανεξάρτητη Αρχή Δημοσίων Εσόδων (ΑΑΔΕ)

The independent authority in charge of collecting public revenues. It is not supervised by the Greek Government, but by the Greek Parliament. Its responsibilities include  the monitoring and control of the process of certification and collection of public revenues, the issuance of regulatory decisions related to tax legislation in general and the detection of tax evasion and smuggling and informal economy.

It has recently issued a circular that clarifies which properties rented for the short-term are subject to VAT.

AFM – Tax Identification Number

αριθμός φορολογικού μητρώου

This is your personal tax number

AMKA Social Security Number

Αριθμός μητρώου κινωνικής aασφάλισης

AMKA is the work and insurance ID number of every employee, pensioner and dependent member of their family in Greece

DEI – Public Power Corporation

Δημόσια Επιχείρηση Ηλεκτρισμού

PPC is the state owned, power generation and supply company engaged in the generation, distribution and sale of residential electricity.

DEYA - Municipal Water supply and Sewerage Company

Δημοτική εταιρία ύδρευσης και αποχέτευσης (DEYA)

DEYAAN –  Municipal water supply and sewerage company of Agios Nikolaos

This is the local municipality water supplier

EFKA – Unified Social Security Fund

Εθνικός Φορέας Κοινωνικής Ασφάλισης

This is the single, unified insurance fund in Greece.

It provides medicines and medical care, hospitalisation and hospital care to all insured individuals and their dependants

(IKA – Social Insurance Institute (IKA) :TEVE -  Insurance fund for craftsmen and small traders (TEBE) and OGA Agricultural Insurance Organisation (ΟΓΑ) have now been absorbed into EFKA)

EKAB  -  National Emergency Aid Centre  

Εθνικό Κέντρο Άμεσης Βοήθειας – ΕΚΑΒ

This is the Ambulance Service

ENFIA – Uniform Real Estate Property Tax

Ενιαίος Φόρος Ιδιοκτησίας Ακινήτων (ΕΝ.Φ.Ι.Α.)

Property tax imposed on an annual basis. Calculated by multiplying the square metres of the land by the principal tax and other coefficients affecting the value of the property

EODY  - National Organisation of Public Health

Εθνικός Οργανισμός Δημόσιας Υγείας, (ΕΟΔΥ)

This is the operational center for the planning and implementation of public health protection actions in the country and is responsible for the surveillance and control of diseases in Greece. It is supervised by the Greek Ministry of Health. Its purpose is to protect and improve the health and increase the life expectancy of the population.

EOPYY – National Organisation for the provision of Health Services

Ενιαίος Οργανισμός Παροχών Υπηρεσιών Υγείας – ΕΟΠΥΥ

Illness benefits in kind are provided by EOPYY to pensioners  and employees insured with the Unified Social Security Fund (EFKA) (public- and private-sector employees, farmers, self-employed individuals, and mariners). Also  unemployed individuals and dependants.

Expensive medicines, which are not available through the normal pharmacy network are given out by EOPYY under a specialist’s prescription.

FPA Value Added Tax

Φόρος Προστιθέμενης Αξίας (ΦΠΑ)

This is VAT

GNAN – General Hospital of Agios Nikolaos

Γενικό Νοσοκομείο Αγίου Νικολάου

HEDNO  Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator

Operates, maintains and develops the power distribution network in Greece,

KAPI - Centre for Open Protection of the Elderly

Κέντρο Ανοιχτής Προστασίας Ηλικιωμένων (ΚΑΠΗ)

KAPI offers psycho-emotional support, social care for the elderly, medical and hospital care. Physiotherapy is also offered to those who need it. In addition, occupational therapy and organised entertainment are provided. KAPI helps in training, in lectures, in the study of topics.They organize visits to museums, archeological sites and camps.

KEP – Citizen’s  Service Centre

Κέντρο Εξυπηρέτησης Πολιτών (ΚΕΠ)

One stop shop for services and information about public administration, obtaining documents and general advice. They advertise themselves as “The whole citizen guide – KEP and done” Most popular services: issuing papers for payment of “paravolos” (payents of fees), authenticating signatures, transfering vehicle ownership, issuing of AMKA and PAMKA numbers and issuing covid vaccination certificates and green passports.

KOMY – Mobile Health Team

Kinití omáda ygeías

METHIntensive Care Units

Μονάδες Εντατικής Θεραπείας (ΜΕΘ)

O.K.Y.DA.N – Organisation of Social Services of the Municipality Of Agios Nikolaos

οργανισμός κοινονικών υπηρεσίων δήμου Αγίου Νικολάου

PAGNI - University General Hospital of Heraklion

Πανεπιστημιακό Γενικό Νοσοκομείο Ηρακλείου (ΠΑ.Γ.Ν.Η. )

PAMKA -  Temporary Social Security number

Προσωρινού Α.Μ.Κ.Α.

PAODAN – Agios Nikolaos Municipality Cultural Athletic Organisation

Ο Πολιτιστικός Αθλητικός Οργανισμός Δήμου Αγίου Νικολάου (ΠΑΟΔΑΝ)

PEDY – Primary National Health Network

Πρωτοβάθμιο Εθνικό Δίκτυο Υγείας – ΠΕΔΥ

Set up in in April 2014 and provides primary healthcare, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, health promotion and healthcare

POLATHORG – Cultural Athletic Organisation of the Agios Nikolaos  Municipality



Taxisnet is an ongoing exercise by the Greek State to collect and digitize the financial and insurance information of citizens into one service.

TEP -  Emergency Department

Τμήμα Επιγοντα Περιστατικά

This is the department, within an hospital which deals with medical care for the uninsured.

TOEB - Local Land Improvement Organisation


Along with the GOEB (General) these organisations manage land improvement and irrigation projects

 ToMY – Local Health Units

τοπικες μοναδες υγειας (ToMY)

Multi disciplinary local health units, they issue prescriptions and offer healthcare to patients with AMAKA. You can register with a GP here.