Na­tion­wide in­ves­ti­ga­tion into use of EU funds

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Fi­nan­cial prose­cu­tor Panayi­o­tis Athana­siou yes­ter­day or­dered a prose­cu­tor in the re­gion of Evry­ta­nia, cen­tral Greece, to con­duct a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cir­cum­stances un­der which the fam­ily of for­mer Trans­port Min­is­ter Michalis Li­apis al­legedly trans­formed a hol­i­day home in the area into a guest­house fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that the fam­ily used Euro­pean struc­tural funds to ren­o­vate the prop­erty.

The fam­ily of the for­mer min­is­ter – who re­ceived a four-year sus­pended prison sen­tence last month for driv­ing a car with forged li­cense plates – has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions and claims that the prop­erty was run as a guest­house by his aunt, who be­queathed the prop­erty to Li- apis when her hus­band died.

The Evry­ta­nia prose­cu­tor will in­ves­ti­gate the terms un­der which the EU fund­ing was granted and how the money was used.

Mean­while, Supreme Court prose­cu­tor Efterpi Koutza­mani yes­ter­day is­sued a cir­cu­lar to all ap­peals court pros­e­cu­tors in Greece or­der­ing them to con­duct their own in­ves­ti­ga­tions into how Euro­pean Com­mu­nity and state fund­ing has been dis­bursed and used in their ar­eas of ju­ris­dic­tion to as­cer­tain whether sub­si­dies were used as in­tended.

She added that in­di­vid­u­als found to be in vi­o­la­tion of the terms of the sub­sidy pro­grams un­der which they re­ceived fund­ing will have to re­turn the money to the state.

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