Appeals Authority

The Appeals Authority was established by law 3907/2011. It examines at second instance administrative (quasi-judicial) appeals lodged against decisions issued by the Asylum Service (first instance). Pursuant law 4375/2016 (amended by law 4399/2016) the new Appeals Authority is established as an autonomous Service, which reports directly to the Minister of Migration Policy.

The Appeals Authority is composed of the Central Administrative Service (structured in (a) the Department of Legal Support, Training and Documentation, (b) the Administrative Support Department (c) as well as the Department of Finances) and the Independent Appeals Committees, which consist of two judges of the Administrative Courts (appointed by the General Commissioner of the Administrative Courts upon their request) and a Greek citizen with a university degree on legal, political, social sciences or humanities (commissioned by the UNHCR). The members of the Appeals Committees enjoy personal and operational independence. Their term is three years and may be renewed once.
Head of the Central Administrative Service is the Administrative Director, appointed by decision of the Minister of Migration Policy, following a public call of interest, after the assent of the Selection Committee and according to the selection procedure established in par. 11 article 5 of Law 4375/2016, for a three-year term which may be renewed once for a further period of three years.

Since 10 May 2016, Ms. Eleni Koutrouba has been the transitional Administrative Director of the Appeals Authority. Ms. Koutrouba holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Ph.D. Before taking up her duties as a director, she held the position of “Senior Investigator” in the Department of Human Rights of the Greek Ombudsman Independent Authority.

Contact:

MINISTRY OF MIGRATION POLICY
APPEALS AUTHORITY
2-4 FILOXENOU & SPINTHAROU STREET
P.C: 11636, ATHENS, GREECE
TEL: +0030 210 9270637
FAX: +0030 210 9270840
E-MAIL: appealsauthority@asylo.gov.gr