In a letter to the Ministries of Interior and Justice following his visit to Greece, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe stressed the need to enhance the implementation of hate crime laws and to collect and analyze hate crime data more systematically.
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Several government bodies and civil society organizations signed a Co-operation Agreement on Combating Racist Crime in Greece during a conference on "Building an Integrated Response to Racist Crime in the Criminal Justice." The event and negotiations on the agreement were co-ordinated by the Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights in co-operation with ODIHR.
The National Council Against Racism and Intolerance has created a brochure instructing victims of hate crimes on where and how to file a complaint. It also provides guidance to officers on dealing with hate crime cases.
The meeting of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers – Ministers' Deputies at its 1302nd session welcomed the adoption of new Greek hate crime legislation and encouraged the examination of racist motivation in the early stages of criminal proceedings, and invited the authorities to provide comparison between the numbers of reported, prosecuted and adjudicated hate crimes.
ODIHR observes that Greece has not reported on cases of hate crimes separately from cases of hate speech.