Greece's supreme administrative court, the Council of State, on Friday gave a green light to a draft presidential decree establishing two new police units, one for financial crimes and one for prosecuting electronic crime.

The new units will have nationwide jurisdiction and will be answerable to and supervised by the chief of the Greek Police. Members of the two squads will also have access to all police files and those of other state services, organisations and agencies abroad.

The financial police will deal with a variety of offences of a financial nature, ranging from money-laundering and smuggling contraband to tax violations, failure to issue receipts or suspect transactions by credit and financial institutions, organisations and business groups.