CoS discusses Thanou’s request to keep job until court ruling


A section of the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, on Friday discussed a request by the former chief and three members of Greece’s Competition Commission to remain in their post until the court has ruled about her case in December.

The court will announce its ruling by mid-September.

Vassiliki Thanou and three more members of the independent authority were removed from their posts in mid-August based on a provision passed in Parliament, which stipulated that persons who have served in political offices cannot be appointed to the Competition Commission for five years from when they leave office.

Thanou had worked as a legal adviser in the office of former premier Alexis Tsipras.

The four applicants argued Friday that the recent legislation which removed them from the Competition Commission targeted them specifically and violated European Union regulations and Greek law.

The same court recently dismissed another request by Thanou and a colleague to temporarily freeze their dismissal.