Ge­or­giou case in EU fo­cus

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The case of Greece’s for­mer statis­tics chief An­dreas Ge­or­giou, con­victed ear­lier this month of “breach of duty” for hav­ing failed to tell ELSTAT’s board that he had sent Greek fis­cal data for 2009 to Euro­stat, will be ex­am­ined by Euro­pean of­fi­cials next month, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

Com­ments by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Eu­clid Tsakalo­tos last week, say­ing that the gov­ern­ment did not ques­tion the data on which the na­tion’s ad­just­ment pro­gram is based, are be­lieved to have ap­peased EU of­fi­cials, who view the case as a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated trial in­tended to re­store the rep­u­ta­tion of pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions. The Euro Work­ing Group is set to dis­cuss the mat­ter on Septem­ber 4 ahead of a Eurogroup meet­ing Septem­ber 15.

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