Parliament's Economic Affairs Committee to summon former ELSTAT board members

After hearing the testimony of ELSTAT board chairman Andreas Georgiou, the sole remaining ELSTAT board member still in office, the chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Economic Affairs Vasso Papandreou on Tuesday agreed to summon the rest of the former board to appear before the committee the following day.
Their presence was requested by MPs from main opposition New Democracy and the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA), who said the committee should evaluate the opinions of both side of the controversy within the independent statistical authority that led to six of the seven-member board being ousted by a decision of the finance minister.
Some members of the former board have accused Georgiou of following Eurostat's orders and of artificially boosting the size of Greece's deficit using irregular procedures.

The Committee's chair did not rule out the possibility of also summoning former finance minister George Papaconstantinou - currently serving as environment minister - if his presence was requested in writing by two fifths of MPs in accordance with Parliamentary regulations.

Summoning Papaconstantinou was an idea proposed by SYRIZA, the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) and the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and met strong objections from PASOK MPs as an attempt to set up a premature examination committee.

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