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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The Greek Ombudsman at the Barcelona symposium on Human Rights challenges in Europe

The problems in the management of the current refugee/migration crisis by Greek and European authorities and the challenges to human rights were the main issues tackled by Ombudsman Andreas Pottakis during his speech at the Barcelona symposium on Human Rights challenges in Europe, on April 4, 2017, organised by the Catalan Ombudsman (Sindic de Greuges de Catalunya).
Ombudsman Pottakis raised the issues of the lack of a clear and comprehensive policy both at national and at EU level, the failure to offer effective protection of fundamental rights as well as a prospect of integration, and the shortcomings in the reception, registration and accommodation of the refugees and migrants who arrived in Greece during the last two years.

- Ombudsman Pottakis’ speech (in English)
- Conference website
- Photograph: Ararteko

 

Presentation of the Ombudsman’s Annual Report for the year 2016

Τhe economic and financial recession has taken on distinctive features of a deep humanitarian crisis, after eight consecutive years of downturn and shrinking of income but also of rights, the Ombudsman Andreas Pottakis points out in the Annual Report of the Independent Authority for 2016 (greek).

The Ombudsman notes that social security and solidarity agencies, welfare structures and policies, tax authorities and utilities have remained in the forefront of interest for another year. In addition, he makes a specific reference in the management of migration and refugee flows, which he identifies as a ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

The Ombudsman delivered the Authority’s Annual Report to the President of Parliament (photo from the website of the House) on 7 March 2017.

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