Greek austerity programme compromising some basic rights, EU Parliament report finds

Photo by Harry van Versendaal
Photo by Harry van Versendaal

Austerity measures adopted in Greece within the context of the economic crisis have in many instances conflicted with the state’s obligation to ensure protection of fundamental rights and the state needs to “restore equilibrium” between the two objectives of fiscal consolidation and the respect for fundamental rights, a report commissioned by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has found.

The study, entitled “The impact of the crisis on fundamental rights across Member States of the EU,” was conducted in seven EU member states (Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal). It represents a synthesis of other studies on the...

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