Almost 5 million euros has been deposited in a bank account opened in May 2010 to collect donations to help pay off Greece’s debt, it was revealed on Thursday.

The account was opened after a proposal by Parliament Speaker Filippos Petsalnikos in May 2010, when Greece asked the European Union and the International Monetary Fund for emergency loans.

Petsalnikos said some 3 million euros had been raised by contributions from Parliament, MPs and MEPs.

A Greek businessman abroad donated 500,000 euros, while the Church of Greece and professional groups have also contributed to the fund.

The money was used to buy back Greek bonds.

Ekathimerini.com