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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Equal treatment - Special report 2017

This is the first Report of the Greek Ombudsman in the context of his extended competence for equal treatment issues.

It reflects both the work and the strategic planning of the Authority aiming to the effective exercise of its competence as regards both, monitoring and promotion.

 

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National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and Ill-treatment - Annual Special Reports 2016 & 2017

In 2014, the Greek Ombudsman was appointed as the National Preventive Mechanism Against Torture and Ill-Treatment (OPCAT), ie the independent, national, monitoring body of the conditions in detention facilities.

The OPCAT special reports of 2016 and 2017 not only accurately portray the existing conditions at the detention facilities, but also are the basis upon which any further effort to develop better conditions with respect for human rights can be organized.  View more

 

Special Report: Attachment of bank accounts for debts to the State

The special report of the Ombudsman entitled ‘Attachment of bank accounts for debts to the State’ was presented to the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry at a conference organised by the Independent Authority. The special report registers the malfunctions and overlapping legislation governing the existing attachment procedures and records the experience of its investigators from the large number of citizens’ complaints received, as well as the Ombudsman’s proposals to the competent services.

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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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