Greece (Hellenic Republic)
The first visit of a Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Greece was in 2009, although Brazil has kept resident diplomatic representation in Athens since 1912. In 2011, President Dilma Rousseff was in Athens on her way to visit China, and realized a courtesy visit to Prime-Minister George Papandreou.
Brazil and Greece have been exchanging support on candidatures to multilateral bodies. In 2005, Greece declared its support to Brazil’s bid to a permanent seat in a reformed United Nations Security Council.
Brazil has a balance of trade surplus in its exchange with Greece – in 2015, Brazilian exports amounted to US$ 117 million and imports totaled US$ 48 million. The balance of services is favorable to Greece, due to the wide participation of Greece in the international shipping industry. Besides the potential for cooperation in the ports and shipbuilding sectors, there are possibilities of partnerships in the energy and tourism sectors.
Greece is a customer of aeronautical equipment produced by Brazil, and was the first country to purchase an EMBRAER aircraft to transport authorities, as well as the first to operate the Legacy in Europe.
Chronology of bilateral relations
1883 – Settlement of the first Greek colony in Brazil, in the State of Santa Catarina
1912 – The first Brazilian diplomatic mission (Legation) is opened in Athens
1941 – Closing of the Brazilian Legation, during World War II
1945 – Reopening of the Brazilian Legation in Athens
1958 – Elevation of the Brazilian diplomatic mission to Embassy status
1980s – The number of Greek immigrants in Brazil decreases with the beginning of the reverse immigration flow, with Hellenic descendants going back to Greece
2003 – Visit of Foreign Minister Celso Amorim visits Greece to participate in a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the European Union and Latin America
2005 – President of the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (APEX), Juan Quirós, visits Greece
2006 – Creation of the Greek-Brazilian Parliamentary Friendship Group
2007 – Visit of the President of the Central Bank of Brazil, Henrique Meirelles, to Greece
2009 – Foreign Minister Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim visits Athens
2010 – Brazilian-Greek Business Council is created
2011- Brazil rescues, via Athens, group of 150 Brazilians who were besieged in Benghazi, Libya, during an armed conflict in this country (February)
2011- President Dilma Rousseff visits Athens on her way to visit China (April)
2012 – Alexis Tsipras, former leader of the Coalition of the Radical Left - SYRIZA, visits Brazil and holds work meetings with President Dilma Rousseff and other Brazilian political leaders (December)
2015 – Bilateral meeting between President Dilma Rousseff and Prime-Minister Alexis Tsipras, on occasion of the CELAC-EU Summit, in Brussels (June)
2015 – Bilateral meeting between President Dilma Rousseff and Prime-Minister Alexis Tsipras, on occasion of the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York (September)