“Papaconstantinou ‘magnified’ the deficit, aiming at taking measures”
Zoe Georganta, member of the managerial council of the Hellenic Statistical Authority, accused the former finance minister of Greece, George Papaconstantinou of “forging” the country’s deficit because he wanted to take harsh measures.
“The Greek deficit for 2009 stood at 12%; however, after pressure from the president of the Eurostat service, Walter Radermacher, that year’s report contained data also from the country’s public organizations not supposed to be included in it”, explains Georganta.
And she goes on to say that, “they told us to keep our mouths shut because the situation in Greece was crucial… Papaconstantinou did not want us to act as an independent body”.
Furthermore, she admitted that the council has not met over a year now and that all 11 members of it have signed none of the decisions supposedly supervised exclusively by the president of the service, Andreas Georgiou.
“We are under German occupation” said Georganta characteristically.
Translated by Lida Filippakis
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