The Greek Ombudsman is the national equality body with a mandate to combat discrimination and promote the principle of equal treatment irrespective of gender, racial or ethnic origin, family or social status, religion or belief, disability or chronic illness, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Greek Ombudsman is a constitutionally established Independent Authority. It has been in operation since October 1, 1998 and provides its services free of charge.
The Greek Ombudsman mediates between public administration and citizens in order to help citizens in exercising their rights effectively. Additionally, the Greek Ombudsman’s mission is:
• to safeguard and promote children’s rights;
• to combat discrimination and promote the principle of equal treatment irrespective of gender, racial or ethnic origin, family or social status, religion or belief, disability or chronic illness, age, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The most recent amendment of the national legal framework for equal treatment, with Law 4443/2016, assigned to the Greek Ombudsman the overall competence against discrimination, extending its competencies to both the public and the private sector in the field of employment for all grounds of discrimination.
The previous major milestones, in terms of the Greek Ombudsman’s mandate with regard to equal treatment, are the following:
• Law 3304/2005, in compliance with Council Directives 2000/43/EC and 2000/78/EC: For the implementation and promotion of the principle of equal treatment irrespective of race or national origin, religion or other beliefs, disability, age or sexual orientation in the public sector;
•Law 3769/2009, in compliance with Council Directive 2004/113/EC: For the monitoring and promotion of the implementation of the principle of equal treatment between men and women as regards access to goods and services in the public sector;
• Law 3896/2010 in compliance with Council directive 2006/54/EC: For the monitoring of the implementation of the principle of equal treatment between men and women in both the private and public sectors.
Field Grounds Employment Gender Gender Identity Sexual Orientation Race and Ethnic Origin Religion or Belief Age Disability Health Status Social or Socio-economic Status Other Grounds View Education Gender Race and Ethnic Origin View Goods and Services Gender Race and Ethnic Origin View Social Protection & Healthcare Gender Race and Ethnic Origin View
Multi-mandate equality body
Office of Ombudsman, NPM under National Preventive Mechanism under the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture
Single headed equality body (led by director or ombudsman/commissioner)
The Greek Ombudsman is supported by 6 Deputy Ombudsmen who head the following departments:
Department of Human Rights;
Department of Health and Social Welfare;
Department of the Quality of Life (environment, urban planning, land use, public works, etc.);
Department of State-Citizen Relations (quality of services provided, maladministration),
Department of Children’s Rights;
Department of Equal Treatment.
This institution does not have regional officies.