„The SCA notes that it received detailed information regarding the financial situation in which the GNCHR is operating, and in particular the social and other consequences of the program of austerity currently in effect in Greece. The SCA acknowledges that this situation limits the GNCHR’s ability to advocate for increased funding.
The SCA emphasizes that, to function effectively, an NHRI must be provided with an appropriate level of funding in order to guarantee its independence and its ability to freely determine its priorities and activities. It must also have the power to allocate funding according to its priorities.
Provision of adequate funding by the State should, as a minimum, include the following:
a) the allocation of funds for premises which are accessible to the wider community, including for persons with disabilities. In certain circumstances, in order to promote independence and accessibility, this may require that offices are not co-located with other government agencies. Where possible, accessibility should be further enhanced by establishing a permanent regional presence;
b) salaries and benefits awarded to its staff comparable to those of civil servants performing similar tasks in other independent Institutions of the State;
c) remuneration of members of its decision-making body (where appropriate);
d) the establishment of well-functioning communications systems including telephone and internet;
e) the allocation of a sufficient amount of resources for mandated activities.
The SCA encourages the GNCHR to continue to advocate for an appropriate level of funding to carry out its mandate including, where appropriate, the establishment of regional offices.“