Complaint against Greece filed with the European Commission, November 2009

November 2009

This complaint is an initiative of the Dutch Council for Refugees and is also submitted on behalf of the Finnish Refugee Advice Centre, PRO ASYL and Refugee and Migrant Justice.

Despite numerous appeals to Greece and to the European Commission, the Greek asylum system remains in a deplorable state. In this complaint we will demonstrate that, by failing to improve the appalling conditions for asylum seekers, Greece is blatantly violating the provisions of the EU asylum acquis, including some of the most fundamental principles upon which the EU is founded, such as the principle of non-refoulement, the right to asylum, and the right to human dignity. It is essential that Greece brings its law and practice into line with the EU asylum acquis. It is thus of the utmost importance that immediate action be taken by Greece as well as the European Commission to tackle the numerous problems that currently exist in Greece.