Commission: We are following “very closely” the issue of surveillance in Greece

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The representative of the Commission stated that the Commission has received the response from the Greek authorities and is now examining it.

The response of the Greek authorities on the subject of surveillance is under evaluation, the European Commission said today, pointing out at the same time that it will continue to monitor the issue very closely.

Asked about this during today’s press briefing, the representative of the Commission, responsible for justice and rule of law issues, Christian Wiegand, answered the following:

“The Commission sent a letter to the Greek authorities on 29 July, following previous reports on the use of spyware in Greece, which was also highlighted in the Commission’s report on the rule of law, in July 2022. The same procedure was followed as with the other Member States for which spyware use has been reported’.

Continuing, K. Vigard stated that the Commission has received the response from the Greek authorities and is now examining it.

He also added that the Commission wants to collect information on reporting the use of spyware such as Pegasus or Predator and the possible interaction between EU data protection rules and the national security framework.

“This is what we asked for and received a response on these issues. At this stage we are looking into it and we continue to follow this issue very closely,” the Commission representative stressed.

Besides, when asked what the Commission’s next step could be, the deputy representative, Dana Spinan, replied that it would depend on the evaluation of the response of the Greek authorities by the competent services of the Commission.

Mr. Vigard finally pointed out that national security is the responsibility of the member states, however the member states should apply the relevant EU law, including the jurisprudence of the European court, when ensuring national security.

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