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European Security Policies and Greece

2008 / Vol. 20, No. 1, (67)
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European Security Policies and Greece

George Katrougalos

Associate Professor, Demokritos University

Georgia Papagianni

Referendaire, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece

Maria Toussi

Legal Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece

The fact that security issues are falling under different pillars - and, inasmuch as the first pillar is concerned, in certain cases also under different Titles - constitutes an impediment for the adoption of comprehensive legal instruments and creates prob­lems of efficiency and legitimacy for the EU security policies. Greece has, gen­­erally, adapted its infrastructure and national legislation to the European re­quire­ments. Still, one of the major challenges that both the European Union and the Member States are facing in view of the process of the establishment of an Area of Freedom, Security and Justice is that of living up to international human rights standards. There are serious concerns related to the new political environ­ment after the 11th of September and the tension exerted upon the traditional norms of protection of human rights.

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