Tsipras Highlights Issues of Corruption in Greece to Parliament

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Last Update: 16:17

Corruption in Greece is not an occasional phenomenon and is related to development conditions of capitalism in the country, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday stressed to the Parliament in reply to a question raised by Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis on corruption.

The increasing corruption is inherent to a political and economic power network built in the country, especially in the period of the post-junta regime, Tsipras noted, adding that a moral attitude is needed to tackle corruption, and our government has proved that it can do so.

The prime minister stressed that combating corruption is a priority despite the resistance of the various interests. “I will be concerned when the attacks stop,” he underlined.

Regarding the Novartis scandal, he said that it concerns a non-transparent pricing of drugs and the data on the case will be brought before the prosecutor.

Greece is once again at the bottom of transparency lists, Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis stressed in Parliament.

More specifically, he said that during the SYRIZA-ANEL governance, the country lost 11 places and ranks 69th among 168 countries.

Theodorakis added that corruption in Greece is estimated at 20 billion euros annually. “Corruption in combination with black economy create a closed system that distort competition and support those that tolerate or promote corruption,” he underlined.

Source: ANA-MPA

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