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The truth about Yanis Varoufakis’ fees

28 October 2015 / 14:10:41  GRReporter
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Following the violent debates in connection with the remuneration received for his lectures since he has left the post of Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis has published two lists of his revenues from this activity.

In his own publication in The Press Project, he describes the lectures that he has delivered from mid-August until the present day and those that are scheduled for November, presenting the amount of fees and travel expenses paid to him. According to the data published by Yanis Varoufakis, he received fees only in two cases, namely for the lectures delivered within a new European network for which he is currently working and which will soon be announced, on the insistence of the organizers at that. Those were one lecture in Berlin (500 euro) and another lecture in Barcelona (1,700 euro).

A line of people who want to hear the lecture by Yanis Varoufakis in Barcelona

Simultaneously, the former Minister of Finance indicates two appearances as a professional economist and financial expert, namely his participation in a RAI3 broadcast for which he was paid 24,000 euro and a lecture delivered in Singapore the fee for which amounted to 28,800 euro.

In his article, Yanis Varoufakis strongly condemns the publications related to the fees he has received from lectures. "An edition that "honoured" me with false reports on the verge of science fiction while I was minister (for example it represented me as a propagandist of bit coins that I had conspired to introduce in Greece in cooperation with a Singaporean company), is now "honouring" me with a report on the money that I supposedly want for my lectures," says Varoufakis in his article and ends it with the following message to his opponents:

"Your continued attempts to blacken my name are a great gift for me, for which I thank you. They confirm that you are still concerned over Athens opening to the world and the sense of pride that it has given the Greeks. Simultaneously, you are thus helping me to consider ideas of how to achieve the objective ‘Transparency everywhere’."

Data provided by Yanis Varoufakis for his lectures:

Lectures to promote the European network to democratize Europe:

23 August 2015 - Open meeting in Frangy, France.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

4 September 2015 - Presentation seminar related to the Greek economy, organized by OMFIF, London.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

5 September 2015 - Lecture at the House of Ambrosseti, Lago di Como, Italy.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

12 September 2015 - Lecture within the Festival de l'humanité, Paris.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

13 September 2015 - Lecture at the congress of the British trade unions, with British Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell, Brighton, England.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

14 September 2015 (morning) - Lecture before the strikers at the National Gallery in London.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: no

14 September 2015 (evening) - Lecture at the Emmanuel Centre, London, in front of 1,500 supporters of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: no

24 September 2015 - Participation in BBC TV broadcast "Question Time", Cambridge, England.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

26 September 2015 - Public debate with Daniel Cohn-Bendit during the Festival Le Monde, Paris.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

1 October 2015 - Lecture at the 6th Biennial in Moscow.

Fee paid: 1,000 euro

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

6 October 2015 – Lecture at Theatre Volksbühne, Berlin.

Fee paid: 500 euro

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

15 October 2015 - Lecture at Bon Centre, Barcelona.

Fee paid: 1,700 euro

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

17 October 2015 - Lecture at the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

22 October 2015 - Lecture before university economists organized by Trinity College Cambridge at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

23 October 2015 - Lecture organized by The Guardian newspaper in Central Hall Westminster Hall, London.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: no

24 October 2015 - Lecture at Oxford Union, Oxford University.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: no

25 October 2015 - Public debate with Lord Howard, How To Academy, London.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: no

26 October 2015 - Lecture at Cambridge Union, University of Cambridge.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: no

27 October 2015 - Public debate with Prof. Hans Werner Sinn in Munich.

Fee paid: 0

Travel expenses covered: yes (economy class)

Tags: Yanis VaroufakisFeesLecturesDebatesPublicationThe Press Project
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