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 (2017)

In its recent 4th Special Report on Forced Returns of 3rd country nationals, the Ombudsman sees a 60% increase in the number of administrative detainees in 2017, without a corresponding increase in the number of returnees to their countries of origin. In particular, with regard to forced return and readmission procedures to Turkey, the Independent Authority notes some improvements in the use of restraints, but notes a constant shortage in timely and interpreted information for returnees as well as only partial certification of their health status. At the European level, the Ombudsman expresses its concern about the declarations of effectiveness of the return system, if it is not accompanied by guarantees of fundamental rights.

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A study on the relocation of asylum seekers was presented by the Ombudsman to the Board of Directors of the International Ombudsmen Institute (IOI)

The Greek Ombudsman, Andreas Pottakis, presented his assessment on the relocation programme for asylum seekers which ran between September 2015 and September 2017,  during the recent meeting of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI) in Brussels, where he participates in the capacity of Regional Director. Press release



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