Newly appointed Development Minister Anna Diamantopoulou took some rigorous decision: She asked 37 civil servants incl. their supervisors at the ministry’s Private Investment Department to resign and ordered the inspector of public administration to open their bank accounts and investigate their assets from 2005 until today. Greek Development, Competitiveness and Shipping took this unprecedented for Greece measures after two ministry officials were arrested for blackmailing a hotelier to give them a “commission” of €120,000 so they would release an investment funding of 4 million euro. The hotelier had first reported the incident in 2005, but then Minister Papathanasiou told the Greek media, he had not named the ministry officials, so he couldn;t take any action against them.
“We must show zero tolerance against those that break the law,” Diamantopoulou told the media and urged business people to immediately report incidents of blackmail. She stressed that the ministry focuses on attracting investments and removing the obstacles faced by potential investors [including bureaucracy?]
The dismissed Ministry personnel will be replaced by staff from other ministries. Of course, the question is what will happen with them now? Most probably the 100 civil servants will be sent home on full salary until the investigation is over.
An avalanche has recently started to roll over the Greek public sector, but this avalanche rather uncovers cases of extortion of public money and bribes taken by public servants.
So far, not one single political personnel saw the need to feel responsible for failing to oversee what’s really going on in the sinister Greek public sector and resign.
Why should one resign? When everybody knows that the bribes are between the civil servants and the citizens ….lol