Big shoes to fill

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The Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Ser­vice (ELSTAT) is a shin­ing ex­cep­tion among the sham­bles of Greece’s state ser­vices. In the five years since the start of the cri­sis, ELSTAT has man­aged to con­vince the world of its cred­i­bil­ity, an achieve­ment that is largely due to the ef­forts of An­dreas Ge­or­giou, its pres­i­dent un­til yesterday, and his ex­cel­lent team of as­so­ci­ates. For what is per­haps the first time in the history of the mod­ern Greek state, the data and in­dices re­leased by ELSTAT re­flect the eco­nomic and so­cial re­al­ity in the coun­try and con­sti­tute an in­valu­able tool for gov­ern­ments and an­a­lysts. The ef­forts made by these tech­nocrats are truly heroic if we bear in mind that they were slan­dered and dragged through the mud like few oth­ers in the Greek state ap­pa­ra­tus over the five-year pe­riod. Let us hope that the new chief of the na­tional sta­tis­ti­cal ser­vice will be able to fill his pre­de­ces­sor’s shoes and will shun pres­sure from vested in­ter­ests and po­lit­i­cal cir­cles that want ELSTAT to be a tool for de­ceiv­ing Greeks and the coun­try’s for­eign part­ners.

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