Parliamentary Question: Violation of the European Convention on Human Rights by Greece and Belgium

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Parliamentary questions

3 February 2011 O-000023/2011   Question for oral answer to the Commission Rule 115 Cecilia Wikström, Renate Weber, Sonia Alfano, Nadja Hirsch, Sophia in 't Veld, Louis Michel, Nathalie Griesbeck, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Frédérique Ries, Marietje Schaake, Gianni Vattimo, Jens Rohde, on behalf of the ALDE Group Subject: Violation of the European Convention on Human Rights by Greece and Belgium  On 21 January 2011 the European Court of Human Rights condemned Belgium and Greece for having violated two articles of the European Convention on Human Rights dealing with the prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and with the right to an effective remedy. Belgium in particular was condemned for having exposed an Afghan asylum-seeker to risks arising from deficiencies in Greece’s asylum procedure and to detention and living conditions that were in breach of the Convention. Can the Commission explain what evaluations it has carried out in respect of Greece’s compliance with the asylum acquis, and specify the areas of that acquis in which Greece falls short? Given that the aforementioned judgement de facto bars Member States from expelling asylum seekers to Greece, can the Commission indicate which procedure the Member States should follow in order to process the international protection claims of those who would otherwise be transferred to Greece, while complying with EU legislation?