The Hellenic Red Cross (HRC) was expelled from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) after the latter said the Greek chapter failed to fulfill commitments required to restore its credibility.
IFRC requested months ago that HRC call elections on June 3, and then change the NGO’s articles of association to allow new volunteers to join, and hold elections again based on the new statute by early October.
The new board elected in June was transitional, with a limited mandate to prepare and adopt the new statute, but also to organize the second elections.
However, the board failed to approve the new statute by September or hold new elections, resulting in the expulsion.
The HRC’s has seen other controversies as its former president, Andreas Martinis, is accused of embezzling millions of euros in state aid, as well as money laundering.