Private colleges suing university teachers

The legal battle over whether private colleges in Greece, which operate as franchises of foreign universities, will be given proper licenses took another twist yesterday when the owners of these institutions decided to sue Greek state university professions for defamation. The Panhellenic Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (POSDEP) and the Federation of Technical College Professors (OSEP) are opposed to the operation of private colleges and have issued numerous statements challenging their teaching quality but mainly their legal status. Now, the Hellenic Colleges’ Association says it will «take all legal means» against the two unions, arguing that POSDEP and OSEP have caused «grave moral and financial damage» to the colleges. The move comes as the government is reviewing a last-minute New Democracy decision to grant licenses to 41 colleges.