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Parliamentary questions
9 January 2015
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  ELSTAT scandal

By judgment 2497/2013, the Council of State cancelled the entry for the Athens Concert Hall in the Register of General Government Agencies on the grounds that national and European national accounting laws had been infringed.

This ruling paves the way for further investigation of the proper application of rules regulating statistics by ELSTAT and Eurostat and, in particular, into how general government undertakings and agencies are classified. Despite the fact that the ‘ELSTAT scandal’ is still being investigated, the Best Practices Advisory Committee expressed its ‘surprise’ in its last report that enquiries were still under way, thereby indirectly accusing the Greek judiciary of undermining the ‘independence and credibility’ of ELSTAT.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:
1. Does it intend to help the Greek judiciary investigate the ELSTAT scandal following the Council of State ruling, despite the ‘surprise’ of members of ‘independent’ authorities?
2. Could senior Eurostat and Commission officers testify before the Greek courts if so requested? Does the Commission know if the Greek judiciary has sent any such request?
3. Does an EU citizen or Member State have the right to refer possible infringements of European national accounting law as a result of acts and/or omissions by senior Eurostat officers to the Court of Justice of the European Union for investigation?
Original language of question: EL 
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