Greece loves Poland: EU worries about independence of judges

It’s not just Poland and Hungary: The European Commission has concerns about Greece as well, about the de facto independence of the judiciary from politics. This was stated by the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, in connection with the investigations into the so-called “Greek Watergate”, a dense network of espionage by the Greeks, which will be carried out by the Greek secret services and will be carried out by the Greek secret services. Opponents of the government by Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

In December 2022, the Greek Communications Security and Privacy Authority (ADAE) launched (or at least intended) investigations at the request of first Renew Europe MP Giorgos Kyrtsos and then investigative journalist Tasos Teloglou, who is suspected of being followed by the secret services. a spyware, Pegasus. But Adae’s investigation could have been blocked by the Greek Supreme Court prosecutor, who would have declared the operation illegal.

While the prosecutor at first justified himself by saying that it was just an “opinion”, he reconsidered the matter a few weeks later, stating that the Greek privacy control agency was unfit to conduct such an investigation, sparking fierce reactions in their circles. judges and political parties. Adae then ignored the Supreme Court’s opinion and continued the investigation, stating that her role was determined not by the judges, but by the Constitution itself. Many members of the opposition believe the government is behind the delay in the investigation.

Responding to a parliamentary question from Stelios Kouloglou, a Greek lawmaker from the left-wing Syriza party, EU commissioner Reynders said: “Regarding the Supreme Court prosecutor, the Commission raises concerns that the current system of appointments in the highest judicial offices is potentially subject to strong influence from the executive.” Reynders added that the problems in the nomination system also affect other judicial positions. Finally, with regard to Adae, the commissioner did not neglect to underline the need for “national data protection authorities to be independent”.

Source: Today IT