New law to shake up EYP

Greece’s secret service agency is set to be made more accountable but will also get its own prosecutor so that politicians cannot interfere in its work, according to government plans unveiled yesterday. A draft law, which could be tabled next month, will aim to base the way the National Intelligence Service (EYP) works on «issues that have to do with the protection of human rights,» Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos told a Cabinet meeting yesterday. A council will be set up within EYP to sift through information that is of national importance and other data that may infringe on people’s privacy rights, according to the bill. Pavlopoulos also pledged that Parliament would be able to have «in-depth» oversight over EYP’s activities. However, the minister said that intervention from politicians would be blocked by assigning a prosecutor to EYP who will decide on a purely legal basis whether privacy laws can be lifted to aid an investigation by the intelligence service.