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SYRIZA ministers and MPs forget to declare large incomes and shares in companies

13 October 2015 / 16:10:45  GRReporter
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Four SYRIZA ministers and MPs have not declared large incomes in recent years, as reported by the Greek media. One of the ministers had "forgotten" to declare an amount of 1 million euro for three consecutive years. He declared the income as late as this year with an additional tax return. As for the second government member, there are documents showing that he is a private company owner and shareholder.

The control commission in the Greek parliament is examining the cases of two SYRIZA MPs in the previous parliament, one of whom is a member of the current one as well. In the case of the former member, the commission is examining the property declaration submitted by him in connection with the acquisition of incomes whereas in the case of the present member it has established many gaps in his property declaration.

Former commission chairperson Despina Charalambidou, who today is not a member of parliament since she has left SYRIZA and joined Panagiotis Lafazanis’ Popular Unity, confirmed that the cases were examined.

She said, "I received from the previous commission a series of pending cases that needed further investigation. They are already being considered by the competent parliamentary commissions and accountants, auditors."

Charalambidou also said that she would inform the members of the new control commission in parliament in order for it to examine the property and tax returns in question in the best possible way.

According to the online edition iefimerida.gr the news spread among SYRIZA deputies during the meeting of the party parliamentary group last Saturday, which discussed the bill of the new budget measures.

Suspicion immediately fell on at least five party officials. The majority of the assumptions concentrated on a very popular minister, who headed one of the most important ministries even before the elections in September.

At the same time, the names of four other key ministers in the new cabinet are being discussed, whose tax returns could fall under the focus of the parliamentary control commission too. The professional activities of two of them had provoked various comments in the past and had put the government under pressure. However, the government stood behind them. There is a fuss about the name of another leading minister in connection with how he has chosen to invest his money.

According to iefimerida.gr, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ closes collaborators were aware of the emerging problem of property declarations and even requested additional data to inform him.

Tags: PoliticsSYRIZAUndeclared incomeMinisters and MPs Parliamentary control commission
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