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Parliamentary questions
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7 October 2019
Question for written answer P-003129-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Konstantinos Arvanitis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Abolition by Greek Government of self-governing status of KETHEA (Greek Addiction Treatment Centre)

Under Article 8 of the Greek Government Order of 30 September 2019, the self-governing status enjoyed by the KETHEA Greek Addiction Treatment Centre since 1987 and the actual purpose of this organisation have come to an end.

KETHEA, a corporate legal entity acting in the public interest, providing community-based addiction treatment services, is affiliated to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and is a member of the World and European Federations of Therapeutic Communities.

In view of this:
1. What steps will the Commission take to protect the freedom of assembly and association of KETHEA and its members under Article 12 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights requiring Member States to refrain from any interference regarding such freedom, which is enshrined in the shared constitutional traditions of the Member States and is a specific requirement of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)?
2. What action is being taken to ensure the involvement of staff and patients in managerial decisions, and protect the academic freedom enshrined in Article 13 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, bearing in mind the scientifically proven efficacy of self-governing structures in combating addiction?
3. What measures are being taken to ensure compliance with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights regarding access to effective tried and tested treatments for drug dependence and other forms of addiction in the Union and recognition of this right?
Original language of question: EL 
Last updated: 9 October 2019Legal notice