Accelerated procedure

Greece

Country Report: Accelerated procedure Last updated: 10/06/21

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General (scope, grounds for accelerated procedures, time limits)

The IPA provides that the basic principles and guarantees applicable to the regular procedure are applied to the accelerated procedure and that “the accelerated procedure shall have as a sole effect to reduce the time limits”.[1] The wording of the law is misleading, however, given that the accelerated procedure as amended by the reform entails exceptions from automatic suspensive effect and thereby applicants’ right to remain on the territory. According to Art. 83(4) IPA the examination of an application under the accelerated procedure must be concluded within 20 days, subject to the possibility of a 10-day exception.

The Asylum Service is in charge of taking first instance decisions for both regular and accelerated procedures.

An application is being examined under the accelerated procedure when[2]:

  • The applicant during the submission of his/her application invoked reasons that manifestly do not comply with the status of refugee or of subsidiary protection;
  • The applicant comes from a Safe Country of Origin;
  • The applicant has misled the authorities by presenting false information or documents or by withholding relevant information or documents regarding his/her identity and/or nationality which could adversely affect the decision;
  • The applicant has likely destroyed or disposed in bad faith documents of identity or travel which would help determine his/her identity or nationality;
  • The applicant has presented manifestly inconsistent or contradictory information, manifestly lies or manifestly gives improbable information, or information which is contrary to adequately substantiated information on his or her country of origin which renders his or her statements of fearing persecution as unconvincing;
  • the applicant submitted a subsequent application;
  • The applicant has submitted the application only to delay or impede the enforcement of an earlier or imminent deportation decision or removal by other means;
  • the applicant entered the country “illegally” (sic) or he/she prolongs “illegally” his/her stay and without good reason, he/she did not present himself/herself to the authorities or he/she did not submit an asylum application as soon as possible, given the circumstances of his/her entrance;
  • The applicant refuses to comply with the obligation to have his or her fingerprints taken in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 603/2013.
  • the applicant may be considered on serious grounds as a threat to the public order or national security;
  • The applicant refuses to comply with the obligation to have his or her fingerprints taken according to the legislation

Until the amendment of IPA by L.4686/2020, according to Art 83(9) IPA the following case was also examined under the accelerated procedure:

  • the applicant is a person belonging to a vulnerable group under the conditions that he/she receives appropriate support in accordance with the provisions with regards “Applicants in need of special procedural guarantees”.

However, this provision was abolished by Article 61 L.4686/2020.

The number of asylum applications subject to the accelerated procedure in 2020 is not available.[3]

Personal interview

The conduct of the personal interview does not differ depending on whether the accelerated or regular procedure is applied (see section on Regular Procedure: Personal Interview).

 Appeal

Since the entry into force of the IPA, the time limit for lodging an appeal against a decision in the accelerated procedure is 20 days,[4] as opposed to 30 days under the regular procedure. Before the amendment of IPA, the Appeals Committee had to reach a decision on the appeal within 40 days of the examination[5]. Since the entry into force of L.4686/2020 the Appeals Committee must reach a decision on the appeal within 20 days of the examination[6]

Appeals in the accelerated procedure in principle do not have automatic suspensive effect.[7] The Appeals Committee decides on appeals in the accelerated procedure and appeals against manifestly unfounded applications in single-judge format.[8]

Legal assistance

The same legal provisions and practice apply to both the regular and the accelerated procedure (see Regular Procedure: Legal Assistance).

[1]           Art. 83(2) IPA.

[2]           Art. 83(9) IPA. 

[3]           Information provided by the Asylum Service, 31 March 2021.

[4]           Article 92(1)(b) IPA.

[5]           Article 101(1)(b) IPA

[6]           Article 101(1)(b) IPA as amended by Article 25 L. 4686/2020

[7]           Article 104(2)(e) IPA, citing Article 83(9) & (10) IPA.

[8]           Article 116(7) IPA.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation