Samaras, Venizelos, Kammenos: Greece’s richest politicians

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Greek Parliament published on Tuesday the assets of 508 politicians for the financial year 2011 (2010). The so-called “πόθεν έσχες” (literally: whence did you acquire it?) contains the asset means of MPs and party leaders according to their declarations to tax offices.

According to the πόθεν έσχες lists uploaded on the website of the Greek Parliament two out of the three coalition government party leaders Samaras (Nea Dimocratia) and Venizelos (PASOK) and  Kammenos (Indepentent Greeks) are the most rich. they declare their assets together with their wives.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras declared income from MP salary 66,499 euro and 78,669 euro other income sources. He owns 13 properties in Attica, Euboea, Messinia and two private cars, 3,800  shares in companies, as well as deposits in foreign banks. (276,640 euro, 25,119 British Pounds, 12,925 USD)

Evangelos Venizelos declared 86,205 euro taxable income and tax-exempted income  75,747 euro. He has 23 real estate properties with apartments in Athens and Thessaloniki, and agricultural land. Bank deposits 2,155,811, share 55,803. Two cars.

Panos Kammenos and his wife declared income of 60,561 euro from the parliament,  66,000 euro from rents, 5,400 euro from additional rents and 29,444 euro from income as lawyer. Bank deposits 11,238 euro, shares 55,000. He also has 8 properties in Athens and Samos, 3 cars and a boat.

Alexis Tsipras (SYRIZA) declared income from parliament 60,561 euro, has a property in Attica and one motorcycle.

Fotis Kouvelis (Democratic left) declared income 60,561 euros from the parliamentary allowance, total income 139,431 euro, bank deposits 172,299 euro, shares 5,637, has three private cars, and 14 properties in Attica, Trikala, Argolis and Euboea.

Aleka Papariga (KKE) declared income income 119,541 euro and  832 euro bank deposits and has a property in Attica.

 Nikos Michaloliakos (Chrysi Avgi/Golden Dawn) presented a tax statement as responsible for the GD finances: he declared income 22,915 income euro, his wife Eleni Zaroulia declared 17,659 euro. They have properties in Attica and Laconia, and one private car.

According to the Audit Committee of Finance of the parties in some cases requested further clarification and justification. (in.gr, newsit, zougla)

It should be noted that the political scene was different back in 2010, with politicians not being Members of the Parliament anymore.

In general one can say that our Greek politicians whether party leaders or simple MPs have quite some assets mainly in properties and real estate and many of them coming from inheritance. Properties seems to be the A and O of investment preference.

Champion in property ownership is former PASOK MP Anna Dalara (wife of singer Giorgos Dalaras) with 59 properties (apartments, houses, land plots etc).

They also have bank deposits not only in Greek banks. In 2010, the year Greece sought the aid of IMF and EU, former PM Kostas Simitis transferred 50,759 euro to German Volksbank.

What is important to note and what has been criticized every years when these lists come out is the following: the lists contain the “assets” but not “where did they come from“… But as the lists are formed by the same politicians (members of the economic control committee of the parliament) no one should wonder about.

The controllers in self control lol

PS I wonder what they pay in emergency property tax… In fact they could sell some properties and donate the money to families who cannot afford heating oil… :)