Question for written answer E-002620-13
to the Commission
Nigel Farage (EFD)
On 24 January 2013, the New Statesman magazine reported that in Greece, during the past few weeks, offices of the governing parties and homes of pro-government journalists have been firebombed and the headquarters of the Prime Minister’s conservative New Democracy party sprayed with machine-gun fire, and that, days later, a bomb exploded at a shopping mall belonging to the country’s second wealthiest citizen.
A former Greek Ambassador, Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos, predicts that an ‘explosion’ of civil unrest will occur when retroactive and sizeable tax bills come due in the coming months.
The Greek army has reportedly promised not to intervene, and the Greek Government has turned to private security firms rather than trust the underpaid Greek police to keep order.
What is the decision-making process for requesting, approving and implementing the deployment of EUROGENDFOR personnel? Does the Commission have any formal or informal involvement in that process or with the individuals concerned?
OJ C 362 E, 12/12/2013