Greece’s Court of Auditors (Ελεγκτικό Συνέδριο) ruled as “unconsitutional” the upcoming cuts in pensons, the scraping of Christmas, Eastern and Vacation bonuses, the decreases to jobless allowances for seasonal workers, the raising of age criteria for the social benefit of EKAS and thus for all those with low income.
The 30 judges ruled that such cuts are contrary to Articles 2, 4, 22 and 25 of the Constitution as they conflict with the Contitutional obligation to respect and protect human dignity, the principles of equality, proportionality and the protection of labour.
Court of Auditors decisions are not obligatory for the Greek government and state, but such a ruling would open the legal way to anyone who wants to file a complaint for such cuts.
Above mentioned cuts are part of the austerity measures package of 13.5 billion euro that will be voted at the Greek Parliament next week. The ruling puts fire on the grounds of the austerity package, as these cuts would make almost haf of the austerity measures.
Τhe Court of Auditors met such a decision for the first time since the country sought international aid in May 2010 and several Loan Agreements that has sent to impoverishment millions of households.