The existence of too many laws, which in its “extreme manifestation can become a corruption tool” was cited by Minister of State Haris Pamboukis as the most serious problem in combating corruption in the country, during his address at a Transparency International conference in Athens on Monday.
Pamboukis underlined the importance of constantly codifying legislation to avoid a plethora of laws. He said characte-ristically that a major investment can be blocked by anyone through simple procedures underlining that the economic cost of Justice should also be considered.
Addressing the conference, main opposition New Democracy (ND) party MP Costis Hatzidakis stressed, among others, that the inspection of “source of wealth statements” submitted by members of the judiciary and politicians should be upgraded. He stated that Greece has a record number of court judges and lawyers in relation to its population and that a total of 34 laws have been passed in recent years aimed at ensuring speedier justice procedures without accomplishing it considering that an average of 440,000 lawsuits are being filed annually.
Thessaloniki Aristotle University law school professor Costas Hryssogonos underlined that the Greek justice system does not appear to be facing an intense corruption problem adding, however, that it does not mean that corruption in the judiciary is non existent.
The conference was entitled “State and Corruption”.