Citizenship Case Law
The Greek State Council (Συμβούλιο Eπικρατείας, Symvoulio Epikrateias) is the exclusive jurisdictional authority in the country entitled to deal with issues related to loss, (re)acquisition and revocation of nationality.
The nature of the Greek nationality law (full discretionary powers of the competent authorities, no deadlines for cases pertaining to nationality loss, acquisition and reacquisition) has not left much space for the State Council to provide a case-law that would drastically bring about changes to the nationality regime in the country.
As illustrated by the cases below, a trend of liberalisation in all cases related to nationality seems to rule the overall evolution of the relevant case law since the early thirties when the State Council was established . This trend is visible in the two thematic areas that the Court has dealt with, i.e.:
- nationality withdrawal of Greek citizens belonging to ethnic minorities and
- justification of the rejection of naturalisation.
A more restrictive approach was however adopted in the late nineties and into the 2000s in cases of nationality revocations related to false information or fraud in the procedure of acquisition of nationality for the ethnic Greek returnees from the former Soviet Union. But even within these areas the Court gradually introduced new considerations that favour legal certainty and residence guarantees for the people who acquire Greek nationality.
11 case laws found in 2 pages, click on a title to get more information.