Ombudsman’s role part of a working democracy, President Pavlopoulos says at anniversary event
The institution of the ombudsman guarantees the effective exercise of fundamental rights for citizens, Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos said on Wednesday.
During an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ombudsman’s office in Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation south of Athens, Pavlopoulos said that the ombudsman and the extent of his or her responsibilities expresses the ideal democratic state, which is ruled by justice and protects its citizens.
Explaining the institution, the president said the ombudsman acts as a mediator between citizens and the public sector, including local government, agencies, and private or public entities related to the state. He or she defends and promotes the restoration of a citizen’s rights or legal interests in acts or omissions by the civil service, and holds responsibilities related to the implementation of EU and international rules.
Pavlopoulos cited in particular the assistance of the ombudsman’s office in the protection of benefits from seizure by banks and in ensuring fair process for vulnerable members of the population such as people with disabilities, current and former prisoners, and migrants.