The Greek Ombudsman

The Greek Ombudsman’s guiding principle and drive as a mediator is its commitment to the win-win approach, i.e. visualising solutions from which both the citizens and the administration can benefit. The Independent Authority stands by the citizen affected by the financial  crisis; it investigates problems caused by legislation or administrative acts or omissions and undertakes targeted initiatives, building on the expertise it has developed so far and the enhanced competences it enjoys. In addition, the Ombudsman acts as guardian of the people’s rights in both the public and private sectors, with a special emphasis on monitoring and promoting the implementation of the principle of equal treatment, the rights of the child and the rights of vulnerable groups.

 

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Special report on return of third country nationals

The Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis, publicized on September 29, 2017, his special report titled "Return of third country nationals - 2016". In his third annual report on the issue the Ombudsman notes that the number of forced returns operations has decreased, in 2016, whereas the number of detainees has increased. The Ombudsman also notes the lack of adequate and timely information provided to third country nationals regarding the removal operation as well as the wrongful use of handcuffs as a standard procedure without individual assessment of its necessity. At a European level, the Ombudsman observes the problems in managing mixed flows of both migrants and asylum seekers along the south east borders of the EU and calls for the strengthening of an external control mechanism to monitor the return operations.

Special Report: pdf, flipping book

 

Special report on migration flows and refugee protection

The Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis, publicized on June 1, 2017, his special report titled “Migration flows and refugee protection – administrative challenges and human rights”. The special report is a comprehensive account of the Ombudsman’s findings and conclusions on the management and corresponding procedures regarding migration flows and refugee protection. Particular emphasis is placed on the period of time since peak of the number of refugees and migrants and until a year after the implementation of the EU-Turkey joint statement.

Special Report: pdf, flipping book
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