The Appeals Authority was established by art. 3 of Law 3907/2011 and operates in accordance with the art. 5 of law 4375/2016, as in force. The AA examines, at second instance, (quasi-judicial) appeals against 1st degree decisions issued by the Asylum Service.
The Appeals Authority reports to the Secretary General of Migration Policy (presidential decree 106/2020).
The Appeals Committees are assisted by “rapporteurs / research officers,” who have access to the file and are entrusted with the drafting of a detailed and in-depth report, that will contain a record and edit of the facts of the case along with the main claims of the appellant, as well as a matching of said claims with the country of origin information that will be presented before the competent Committee in order to decide.
The operation of the Appeals Authority and specifically the Independent Appeals Committees are regulated by the Regulation of Operation of the Appeals Authority
The central service of the Appeals Authority shall be managed by its Administrative Director. The Administrative Director is appointed by decision of the Minister of Migration and Asylum, following a public call of interest, and the agreement of the Selection Committee, according to the selection process established in paragraph 11 of article 5 of Law 4375/2016, as in force. The Administrative Director is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed once for a further period of three years.
Since September 16, 2018 until today, Maria Fokianou is the Administrative Director of the Appeals Authority.