State Corruption is Alive and Well in Greece



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The annual report on corruption in 2013 was released last week by the Greek General Inspector of Public Administration, Leandros Rakintzis.

State corruption remains untouched and continues to exist, no matter what measures have been taken in recent years to combat it. Anonymous patrons, crooks and thieves ensure their impunity.

A typical case is that of a decision to seal a cafeteria on the island of Rhodes. In 2008 a decision was issued to seal a property (cafeteria-restaurant) of a close relative of then mayor of the Municipality of Kallithea in Rhodes, which was in the area of responsibility of the mayor.

The restaurant was housed in a property without lisence in the foreshore and the Inspector General had found wrong-doings of officials (police officers, city officials, etc.) and referred the case to the administrative authorities and prosecutors for disciplinary and criminal control of the involved.

Five years later, in 2013, Rakintzis found out that the restaurant was still operating and had progressed with arbitrary additions to the existing building. Finally, at the end of 2013, the mayor of Rhodes instructed to seal the illegal and arbitrary property.

In another case, with a letter of the President of OGA, two references were sent to Rakintzis, which denounced documented disciplinary and criminal behavior of two controllers in a town in Epirus. This officer had taken care for issuing health certificates to non-beneficiaries issuing false certificates for insurance of aliens, under which the permits were granted and all this for a fee. Although these transactions were recorded in the internal audit report  by July 2011, the case was transferred with a delay of two years or more to the prosecuting authorities. Thus, an official who had cheated, continued to work for 2.5 years without  punishment and since last October he got his pension without having to be tried for his actions ever.


1 COMMENT

  1. State corruption will never end simply because Greek politicians are also corrupt and it is their way to survival to the next elections…