Also of particular importance is our cooperation with the European Court of Human Rights, and we also collaborate constructively with the individual Bodies of the Council of Europe: the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) and the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). Representatives of these Bodies visit our country in the context of their mandate to monitor member states’ compliance with their obligations and commitments deriving from the relevant conventional and other acquis of the Council of Europe.
In 2019, on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the ECRI, at the Conference held in Paris under the French Presidency (May-November 2019), Greece was represented by its Minister of Justice, who made a relevant intervention.
On 26 February 2019, Greece ratified the 16th Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights, which allows the highest courts of a State Party to request the European Court of Human Rights to give advisory opinions. The Protocol entered into effect on 1 August of the same year.
Moreover, on 6 September 2019, Greece signed the Protocol amending the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.