Five decisions on the merits of the European Committee of Social Rights concerning pension schemes in Greece are public[22/04/2013] The decisions of the European Committee on Social Rights of the Council of Europe on the merits of the following complaints :
- Federation of Employed Pensioners of Greece (IKA–ETAM) v. Greece, Complaint No. 76/2012
- Panhellenic Federation of Public Service Pensioners (POPS) v. Greece, Complaint No. 77/2012
- Pensioners’ Union of the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways (I.S.A.P.) v. Greece, Complaint No. 78/2012,
- Panhellenic Federation of Pensioners of the Public Electricity Corporation (POS-DEI) v. Greece, Complaint No. 79/2012
- Pensioner’s Union of the Agricultural Bank of Greece (ATE) v. Greece, Complaint No. 80/2012,
became public on 22 April 2013.
The Committee considered that even though restrictions to the benefits available in a national social security system do not under certain conditions breach the Charter, the cumulative effect of restrictions introduced as "austerity measures", together with the procedures applied to put them into place, may amount to a violation of the right to social security.
With this in mind, the Committee held that due to the cumulative effect of the restrictive measures and the procedures adopted to put them into place, certain regulations introduced by the Government of Greece from May 2010 onwards (i.e. Acts Nos. 3845 of 6 May 2010, 3847 of 11 May 2010, Act 3863 of 15 July 2010, Act 3865 of 21 July 2010, 3896 of 1 July 2011, Act 4024 of 27 October 2011, Act 3833 of 15 March 2010, Act 3866 of 26 May 2010, Act 3986 of 1 July 2011, Act 4002 of 22 August 2011, Act 4051 of 28 February 2012 and Act 4093/2012 of 12 November 2012), modifying both public and private pension schemes, constitute a violation of Article 12§3 (right to social security) of the 1961 Charter.
Summary of the decision on the merits No. 76/2012
Summary of the decision on the merits No. 77/2012
Summary of the decision on the merits No. 78/2012
Summary of the decision on the merits No. 79/2012
Summary of the decision on the merits No. 80/2012
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