New anti-graft ini­tia­tive hailed

Gov’t plan­ning spe­cial branches where cit­i­zens can file cor­rup­tion re­ports

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Af­ter last week’s pre­sen­ta­tion show­cas­ing the work of its anti-cor­rup­tion body over the last 15 months, the govern­ment is re­port­edly plan­ning to set up of­fices where cit­i­zens can file anony­mous cor­rup­tion com­plaints.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the new mea­sure will be in­cluded in a bill that will be tabled in Par­lia­ment af­ter sum­mer and that will in­clude sig­nif­i­cant amend­ments to ex­ist­ing anti-cor­rup­tion leg­is­la­tion.

Cit­i­zens will be able to anony­mously file re­ports on fi­nan­cial crimes in both the pub­lic (in­clud­ing cases in­volv­ing Euro­pean Union sub­sidy pro­grams) and pri­vate sec­tors as long they can be sub­stan­ti­ated.

Govern­ment sources say it be will mod­eled on a suc­cess­ful ser­vice in the UK that has been in op­er­a­tion for sev­eral years.

The Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat Against Cor­rup­tion, set up by the left­ist-led coali­tion as part of its much-touted cam­paign to tackle graft, has al­ready col­lected more than one bil­lion eu­ros just from un­paid taxes and fines, ac­cord­ing to the chief fi­nan­cial crimes pros­e­cu­tor Panayi­o­tis Athana­siou, who mon­i­tors tax eva- sion and money laun­der­ing cases.

Supreme Court Pros­e­cu­tor Xeni Dim­itriou said last week that prop­er­ties con­fis­cated by the state over the last 15 months are val­ued at 400 mil­lion eu­ros and added that anti-cor­rup­tion prose­cu­tors have de­posited an­other 40 mil­lion eu­ros from con­victed in­di­vid­u­als or par­ties in a spe­cial ac­count of the Bank of Greece.

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