“Letters for the prolongation of detention”- 7 May 2014

Yesterday, the European Council for Refugees and Exiles together with AITIMA and the Greek Council for Refugees send letters to EU Commissioner Malmstrom and the Greek Minister of Public Order Dendias regarding the prolongation of the detention of migrants beyond the 18 month limit provided by the EU Return Directive.

More specifically in these letters the three organizations write that the Ministerial Decision providing for the prolongation of detention in Greece has started to be applied, which constitutes a violation of EU Law.

The three organizations call:

-Minister Dendias to withdraw the Ministerial Decision and the decisions for the prolongation of detention as well as fully comply with EU law.

-Commissioner Malmstrom to raise the issue with the Greek authorities, ask for the withdrawal of the Ministerial Decision and the decisions for the prolongation of detention and launch infringement procedure if the Greek authorities continue to violate EU law.

You can read the letter to the Greek Minister of Public Order here

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You can read the letter to Commissioner Malmstrom here.

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