In­de­pen­dence is key to cred­i­bil­ity

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One of the big­gest and most im­por­tant re­forms achieved as a re­sult of the mem­o­ran­dum com­mit­ments Greece agreed to with its for­eign cred­i­tors was mak­ing the coun­try’s tax col­lec­tion mech­a­nism in­de­pen­dent from the po­lit­i­cal forces that be. The Greek po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, how­ever, ob­vi­ously could not tol­er­ate such a state of af­fairs as it un­der­mined its in­flu­ence over this im­por­tant part of the state ma­chine and its power. Yes­ter­day, the gov­ern­ment called for the res­ig­na­tion of Ka­te­rina Sav­vaidou, gen­eral sec­re­tary for pub­lic rev­enues, who faces charges of breach of duty be­cause in Jan­uary she al­legedly ex­tended the time that TV sta­tions had to hand over rev­enues from a spe­cial tax on ad­ver­tise­ments. The way that the gov­ern­ment has han­dled th­ese al­le­ga­tions should be of con­cern to all of us. Such or­ches­tra­tions and haste will come at a great cost be­cause the cred­i­bil­ity of the coun­try re­lies on the in­de­pen­dence of its most cru­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

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