Athens, August 25, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The European Commission decided to intervene in the case of ELSTAT. “For the Commission and Eurostat is absolutely clear that the data on the Greek debt in the period 2010-2015 were absolutely reliably and accurately reported to Eurostat”, said Commissioner Marianne Tisen, essentially defending the former head of ELSTAT Andreas Georgiou.
The Commission invites the Greek authorities to “actively and publicly deal with the false impression that the data were falsified during the period 2010-2015 and protect ELSTAT and its staff from similar unfounded allegations”.
It also urges the Greek authorities “to support and maintain the quality of Greek statistics and the independence of the Greek Statistical System, in accordance with the provisions of Greek statistical legislation and the 2012 commitment to the reliability of the statistics”.
A letter signed by vide president Vlantis Dombrovskis and Commissioners Moskovitsi and Tisen was sent to Greek Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos.
The «Financial Times» returned to the subject after the publication of their correspondent in Athens, Kerin Hope, on Sunday with an article in its editorial, in which more or less urge the government not to disturb the independent (?) principles and that all politicians are to blame for everything.
Government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili, shortly after the announcement of the European Commission, said that the finance minister responded today in a letter to the European Commission, in which he expressed its surprise on the reason it was send to him a letter regarding a case from 2010, which is being inverstigated by the Greek Justice.
“In the letter, the commission reiterates its basic principle, not to comment on pending cases in court. A principle which the Greek Government shares and follows”, said the government spokeswoman.
However, “there is a contradiction between this principle and the urge for the Greek government to take a position on whether the 2010 statistics were valid or not”, she said.
The Finance Minister, in his letter, “expressed the view that if the European Commission has privileged epistemological position to judge the case, then it has a moral obligation to submit it to the Greek Justice to facilitate its work”, Olga Gerovasili said.
The Government spokeswoman notes that the Minister of Finance, throughout his term of office has not received from the European Commission a report documenting problems in relation to the independence of ELSTAT.
And that both Eu. Tsakalotos and the government “remain committed to depoliticize the public sector, respect the operation of independent authorities and the judiciary”.
Finally, with specific regard to ELSTAT, “everyone assesses positively both for selection process of the new President and his independent operation after his appointment”.
Immediate was the reaction from PASOK and KIDISO, George Papandreou, who at that time was in the government.
PASOK speaks of a “strong and unsiputed response of the European Commission towards the wretched machinations of both Syriza/ANEL and timelessly New Democracy. Machinations which once again unfortunately found “a listening ear” with the Supreme Court Prosecutor’s intervention to open the ELSTAT-Georgiou case. ”
“The statistics that were produced for the period 2010-2015 can not be disputed, following the current European Commission’s Communication, as well as Tsakalotos’ answer to that”, says in a statement the Socialists and Democrats Movement.