May 30, 2024

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Immunity from retaliation to members of COVID-19 committees

The Greek government proposes to consolidate immunity from prosecution at the legislative level to everyone who makes decisions on the fight against coronavirus, with reference to Euractiv, reports Evropeyskaya Pravda.

The corresponding amendment to the bill states that members of specific pandemic committees “are not held accountable, prosecuted or held accountable for their opinions or votes they have cast in the performance of their duties.”

This decision was sharply criticized by the SYRIZA party. Oppositionists draw attention to the fact that the amendment is aimed not only at experts, but also at those in political positions, in particular, at the general secretaries of ministries. For example, the National Committee to Protect Public Health from COVID-19 is made up of secretaries general from ministries that recently decided to ban protests. The party accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of trying to blame technocrats for mistakes in the fight against COVID-19. MP Yannis Ragkusis says:

“This amendment implies the guilt that everyone who took part in these committees has something to hide.”

Greece, having coped well enough with the first wave of the pandemic, was forced to tighten restrictions late last year, especially in Thessaloniki and Athens.

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