Prosecutor Orders Probe of EU Funds

Former transport minister Michalis Liapis facing reporters
Former transport minister Michalis Liapis facing reporters

Following reports that two Greek ex-ministers wrongly used European Union subsidies to build or renovate vacation homes, a nationwide probe has begun into how the monies were being used.

Financial prosecutor Panayiotis Athanasiou has ordered a counterpart in the region of Evrytania, central Greece, to conduct a preliminary investigation into the circumstances under which the family of former Transport Minister Michalis Liapis allegedly transformed a holiday home in the area into a guesthouse following allegations that the family used European structural funds to renovate the property.

The family of the former minister – who received a four-year suspended prison sentence last month for driving a car with forged license plates – has denied the allegations and claims that the property was run as a guesthouse by his aunt, who bequeathed the property to Liapis when her husband died.

The Evrytania prosecutor will investigate the terms under which the EU funding was granted and how the money was used.

Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani sent a circular to all appeals court prosecutors in Greece ordering them to conduct their own investigations into how European Community and state funding was disbursed and used in their areas of jurisdiction to ascertain whether subsidies were used as intended. EU subsidies, particularly in farming in Greece, have been accused of widespread fraud and misuse.

Koutzamani said that anyone who violated the terms of the subsidy programs under which they received funding will have to return the money to the state.

Ex-Deputy Merchant Marine Minister Panos Kammenos, who now leads the anti-bailout Independent Greeks party, was also accused of building a holiday home on the island of Icaria with EU subsidies.

Kammenos vehemently denied this and said that the property in question belonged to his mother-in-law, who had claimed the funds to convert it into a 10-room guest house. He said that authorities had checked the property in 2010 and did not find anything amiss.

Kammenos also threatened to sue Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis who made the allegations during a Sunday morning TV show.


  1. Michalis Liapis the gift that keeps on giving. This is becoming something of a political show for ND to “investigate” one of their own as a demonstration of their resolve mere months before elections of unswerving focus against corruption. Naturally all this takes times for the prosecutors and defense to sort out in the justice system that will take them well past May. When no one is watching or no longer cares, another slap on the wrist and he walks away a free man..

    All patting each other on the back for dasterdly, “slip-shod” job well done undone
    In the EU today we have 2 “Criminal Gangs” one from from Brussels run by Barroso, Rhen and Merkel and the other gang is PASOK and New Democracy Parties running a government of Thieves, Liars & Crooks who created all these problems today and should never have been let in the EU.

    It was PASOK & ND Parties who created all the financial problems in Greece
    by their corrupt rule and mismanagement– (Akis Tzahadzopolous and Yiannos
    Papantoniou are ex-MPs from PASOK who are an example of their horrific

    1.) Why isn’t PASOK’s MP Venizelos in jail for hiding the Legarde List 2 years
    in his home? And what about Venizelos’ controversial submarine bribery deal, he
    signed in 2010?

    2.) Why isn’t PASOK’s Finance MP Papconstantiou in jail for removing his
    relative’s names on the List?

    3.) What about PASOK & ND Parties still owing 250 million Euros to the
    Banks in phony loans they have not paid back a penny yet?

    4.) What about Health Minister Georgiades who got caught cheating on his taxes
    the other day and was let off with a minor fine of 1200 Euros. Whys is he still
    a Minister and not fired??

    5.) Why aren’t Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his sister Dora in jail after taking
    BRIBES from Seimens?

    It seems to me the Gov’t, EU Commission and Press here is using ANYTHING as a DISTRACTION to take attention away from the Massive Crimes these two corrupt Parties have committed as well as Treason against the whole Greek nation after 39 years of corrupt rule– They MUST ALL BE IMPEACHED and JAILED for high crimes and TREASON against the Greek People and State!

  3. He said that authorities had checked the property in 2010 and did not find anything amiss.