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2020

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.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 31/12/2019 - Special report
    - Equal Treatment - Special Report 2019
    In 2019, the Greek Ombudsman recorded an increase of 31% -in comparison to 2018- in citizens' reports on issues of equal treatment by public bodies and individuals. This has been the largest increase since 2016 - when the Independent Authority was entrusted with the relevant responsibility.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 11/07/2019 - Special report
    - Annual Report 2018 - Rights of Children on the Move
    Annual Report 2018 - Rights of Children on the Move
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 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.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 13/02/2019 - Press release
    - Gender tax equality
    The Greek Ombudsman welcomes the decision of the Ministry of Finance to establish the right of each of the spouses to file a separate tax return, if s/he so chooses, by submitting an irrevocable declaration each tax year up to February 28 of the year of filing the return (Article 59 (5) of Law 4583/2018). The procedure shall be implemented for the first time with regard to tax returns to be filed in the year 2019 (tax year 2018).
    From: The Greek Ombudsman

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
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 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.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 31/12/2018 - Special report
    - Equal Treatment - Special Report 2018
    This Special Report illustrates the Greek Ombudsman’ activity as the national body for promoting the principle of equal treatment, in the year 2018.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 21/11/2018 - Summary
    - Citizenship determination for a child born out of wedlock by a Greek father and an alien mother without legal residence
    The Greek Ombudsman received a complaint regarding problems in the process of Greek citizenship acquisition by a child born out of wedlock to a Greek father and an alien mother without legal residence, within 300 days following her divorce from her ex-spouse, also an alien. Due to the ex-spouse’s presumption of paternity, a trial was required to establish paternity. Subsequently a notarial deed of child recognition was drafted, which, however, was not accepted by the 1st Directorate of Civil Status and Social Affairs of Athens, part of the Decentralised Administration of Attica, because by that time, the child had reached the age of three, and the deadline allowed for notaries dealing with third country nationals without legal residence, had expired. The Ombudsman argued that the three-year deadline of the Immigration Code had been suspended on the grounds of force majeure (completion of the paternity trial) and the Directorate of the Decentralised Administration finally decided on the child’s acquisition of the Greek nationality.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 05/11/2018 - Press release
    - Granting disability allowance to prisoners
    The Ombudsman’s standing position that detainees should not be excluded from grave disability allowance, provided that the remaining legal conditions are met, has been accepted by the administration. A recent circular by the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity has upheld the persistent interventions of the Independent Authority, recognising that deprivation of liberty does not constitute an obstacle to the granting of disability allowances, since detention facilities do not meet the personalised needs arising from disability and therefore the social purpose of the allowance is not cancelled.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 29/10/2018 - Special report
    - Attachment of bank accounts for debts to the State
    Attachment of bank accounts for debts to the State
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 24/09/2018 - Summary
    - Recording of civil status data for children with a single parent
    The Greek Ombudsman proposed that only one parent should be registered in the case of children adopted by a single parent or children born to a single father through the surrogacy procedure, without the data of a second parent (biological parent or surrogate mother). The Ministry of the Interior accepted the Ombudsman’s proposal in relation to children adopted by a single parent.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 21/09/2018 - Summary
    - Unequal treatment between mothers and fathers with children unable to engage in gainful employment
    The Ombudsman submitted a Findings Report to the Secretary-General for Social Security and subsequently to the Deputy Minister for Social Security, proposing a legislative initiative, under which the conditions for entitlement to old-age pension of parents with children unable to any gainful employment become gender neutral.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman
  • 25/07/2018 - Summary
    - Separation of newborns from their mothers due to lack of adequate identity data
    The Ombudsman received complaints concerning newly born infants who were not delivered to their mothers upon their leaving hospital after childbirth, because the mothers did not have proper identification. The infants remained at hospital and were later placed in institutional care where they remained for long. The Ombudsman suggested to the Ministry of Health that they should find a way not to interrupt the infant’s biological and legal bond with the mother, by assisting the latter in the process of issuing identity documents. Law 4554/2018, which was subsequently adopted, includes regulations to record births by mothers without identification documents and register the infants within hospitals, in order to put an end to this harmful practice.
    From: The Greek Ombudsman

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