Report high­lights state profli­gacy

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The an­nual report by the State Au­dit Coun­cil high­lights wide­spread waste­ful spend­ing in the pub­lic sec­tor, il­le­gal pay­ments and un­jus­ti­fi­ably high ex­penses in­clud­ing 38,500 eu­ros for the funeral of a former mayor and 5,500 eu­ros for the pur­chase of cigars by the Devel­op­ment Min­istry.

The report, which ex­am­ines state spend­ing at the cen­tral and lo­cal level in 2010 – the year that Greece im­posed its first raft of aus­ter­ity mea­sures in ex­change for in­ter­na­tional res­cue loans – was submitted to Par­lia­ment Speaker Evan­ge­los Meimarakis yes­ter­day.

Even as mil­lions of Greeks were see­ing their salaries and pen­sions slashed, the au­thor­i­ties con­tin­ued with ex­ces­sive spend­ing and the unchecked re­cruit­ment of staff and ad­vis­ers, ac­cord­ing to the report which found that the state made 148 mil­lion eu­ros in il­le­gal pay­ments in 2010. In the ma­jor­ity of th­ese cases there were no pros­e­cu­tions. Only of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for 13.5 mil­lion eu­ros’ worth of th­ese il­le­gal pay­ments were in­dicted to ap­pear be­fore a pros­e­cu­tor, ac­cord­ing to the report, while it re­mained un­clear whether any of them were tried and con­victed.

Hun­dreds of pages of the re- port are de­voted to a plethora of provoca­tive ex­penses in­clud­ing 23,500 eu­ros for an event at a pro­vin­cial tech­ni­cal col­lege mark­ing the tra­di­tional cut­ting of the New Year’s cake, 4,500 eu­ros for com­mis­sion­ing a paint­ing of a de­ceased former mayor of Pi­raeus and 8,200 eu­ros for leas­ing buses to trans­port mu­nic­i­pal work­ers from the prov­inces to Athens to protest an over­haul of lo­cal government.

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