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2019

  • 31/12/2019 - Special report
    - Special Report 2019 on Returns of Third Country Nationals
    The decrease in forced returns and the increase in administrative detention in the year 2019 was highlighted by the Greek Ombudsman in his special report on returns of third country nationals. The Greek Ombudsman, in the capacity of the National Mechanism for monitoring forced returns on the basis of EU law, confirms a trend of disproportionate increase in administrative detention in the recent years and expects a further increase due to the legislative amendments in 2019. Also, in 2019 the dysfunctions in asylum procedures continue to have a negative effect on the legal safety in relation to returns. The reduced number of returnees, the increase in administrative detention, the shortcomings in health and interpretation services, poor living conditions but also a certain improvement in organising returns, are some of the key findings in the monitoring conducted by the independent authority. The report focuses on the European developments for the enhanced role of FRONTEX in border protection and refers to the Greek Ombudsman’s initiative for networking with independent authorities in other member-states and the Council of Europe, aiming at achieving safeguards of independence in monitoring and enhancing transparency in the EU system of returns of third country nationals to their countries of origin.
  • 25/02/2019 - Special report
    - Relocation Revisited The Greek Case
    The Greek Ombudsman published a report on the EU Relocation Programme for asylum seekers, on the occasion of the Regional Board of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) meeting in Athens on February 20, 2019. An assessment of the EU emergency measure of relocating asylum seekers form Greece to other Member-states was assigned to the Ombudsman by the IOI European Regional Board. Mr. Andreas Pottakis, participating in the Board, presented the report in their meeting in Brussels in October 2018 and also sent it to the Greek Minister for Migration, Dimitris Vitsas.

2018

  • 31/12/2018 - Special report
    - National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and Ill-treatment - Annual Special Report 2018
    National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and Ill-treatment - Annual Special Report 2018
  • 31/12/2018 - Special report
    - Special report on return of third country nationals
    The fact that the dramatic reduction in the numbers of forced returns of third country nationals in 2018 does not correspond to the high number of administrative detainees in view of return, is highlighted by the Greek Ombudsman in the special report in his capacity as national monitoring mechanism for returns according to EU law.
  • 18/07/2018 - Summary
    - Holder’s name on seaman’s book can be written by way of derogation from the standard ELOT transcription in Latin
    Citizens, mainly of foreign origin, asked for the Greek Ombudsman’s mediation because the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy rejected their requests to have their names written on the seaman’s book by way of derogation from the ELOT 743 standard, which resulted in their data being different than those written on their identity cards or documents kept in their country of origin. The Ombudsman highlighted that good administrative practice requires the uniform standardisation of Greek citizens’ data in all identity documents, i.e. the identity card, passport and, therefore, the seaman’s book, so that seamen won’t have identification problems. Following a meeting between the Secretary-General for Shipping and Island Policy, Ministry staff and a representative of the Greek Ombudsman, the Ministry adopted a Decision providing for the transcription of the data in the seaman’s books in Latin characters by way of derogation from the ELOT 743 standard, in so far as it agrees with the data on the identity card.

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