The Parliamentary investigating committee set up to examine the causes of the Greek crisis and the reasons that the country was pushed into accepting bailout Memoranda, unveiled a list of witnesses on Wednesday that it hopes to summon, both in Greece and abroad. The examination of the first five witnesses on the list is expected to begin next Tuesday.
Committee chairman Dimitris Vitsas sent a complete list of the first 25 witnesses to be examined in the first five sessions to the committee members. The list was finalized on Tuesday and the witnesses will be examined in sets of five per session, which end on June 9.
The list includes heads of Greek agencies and organizations, such as the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE), the head of the Greek Parliament’s State Budget Office, Panagiotis Liargovas, trade unions and employer associations, academics, former senior justices at the Council of State, the General Accounting Office, Public Debt Management Agency, Greece’s current and former representatives at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and board members of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
Vitsas has also prepared a letter to be sent to a number of foreign witnesses that the parties participating in the committee agreed should be invited to testify in the investigation.
The letter requests that they notify the committee of a date when they will be able to attend its sessions and reply to questions in Athens, with all expenses paid, or to suggest dates when a delegation from the Greek Parliament could visit them in order to pose the committee’s questions. It also invites them to suggest other methods in which they might assist the committee’s work.
Among the foreign officials that the Greek parties suggested should be asked to testify are former IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, the heads of the ‘Troika’ mission to Greece, Poul Thomsen, Klaus Masuch and Matthias Mors, and former European Commissioner Olli Rehn.
Main opposition New Democracy and opposition parties PASOK and the Greek Communist Party (KKE) asked that Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis should be summoned, while nearly all parties agreed on the need to summon former Finance Ministers Evangelos Venizelos, Giorgos Papakonstantinou and Yannis Stournaras.