Friday November 28, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
16o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Nine in 10 NGOs ‘problematical,’ says corruption watchdog

Nine out of 10 nongovernmental organizations subjected to checks by tax office officials appear “problematical” but are not necessarily guilty of fraud, the head of the country’s public administration watchdog said on Wednesday in the wake of a scandal embroiling a de-mining NGO in a 9-million-euro fraud scandal.

Most NGOs lacked the relevant documentation and accounting books, according to Leandros Rakintzis (photo), who said that “all or virtually all” Greek NGOs have never been inspected and blamed the problem on the “absence of a legislative framework.” In many cases, the NGOs have no intention of breaking the law and conform after tax inspectors inform them of their obligations, Rakintzis told Kathimerini.

After acquiring a list of 3,000 NGOs from the Finance Ministry’s General Secretariat of Information Systems earlier this week, Rakintzis asked tax authorities to start a check on some 3,000 organizations. The move came after police announced they had arrested the head of the International De-mining Center in connection to a 9-million-euro fraud case implicating another seven people.

According to the case file for that investigation, which Kathimerini has seen, the contract between the International De-mining Center and the Foreign Ministry’s International Development Cooperation Department (YDAS) for a de-mining project in southern Lebanon was signed in February 2003. However there are documents relating to expenses in January of that year. Also, the total financial budget for the southern Lebanon project was submitted to YDAS on June 11, 2003, and gained the Foreign Ministry’s approval on exactly the same day. The case file includes the testimony of the former Greek ambassador to Lebanon, during the period 1999 to 2003, who said that the de-mining program, budgeted at 884,597 euros, had been completed as planned.

The case file also includes details of a program for de-mining in Iraq budgeted at 2 million euros. It cites documents showing that the second, and final, tranche of that funding was disbursed on December 17, 2003. But on the same day, other documents indicate that the NGO’s employees made a total donation of 642,975 euros, essentially returning a portion of their salaries.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday February 19, 2014 (21:15)  
Moscovici urges Athens to ´take necessary measures,´ make way for troika´s return
Venizelos urges Turkey to respect Cyprus EEZ
Minister opposes plans to establish Islamic Studies department at Thessaloniki university
Samaras meets Venizelos ahead of Turkey visit
Greek retail sales post rise but deposits take a hit
Greek retail sales by volume rose 2.2 percent in September compared to the same month last year, after a downwardly revised 7.3 percent increase in August, the country’s statistics service E...
Cyprus president urges probe into airline bidding
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday called for an investigation into the Cyprus Airways bidding process, saying he will resign if it is found that he influenced the process in any...
Inside Business
SOCCER
PAOK is one win from Europa League´s last 32
A late brace by Stefanos Athanasiadis gifted PAOK a precious win at Dynamo Minsk on Thursday, meaning that the Thessaloniki team is one win away from graduating from the group stage of the E...
BASKETBALL
First defeat for Olympiakos in Euroleague
Olympiakos suffered its first Euroleague loss of the season going down 89-70 at Laboral Kutxa on Thursday, although the Greek team remains the favorite to clinch the top spot in its pool. Th...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Change of US president won´t mean change of foreign policy
Americans have again voted for change in Washington as opposition Republicans take control of both houses of the US Congress. As attention now turns to the 2016 presidential race, it's time ...
COMMENTARY
The presidential election paradox
A few days ago, speaking with a visiting colleague who neither works in Europe nor covers events here, I suddenly felt how much we Greeks take for granted some things that should have worrie...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Greek retail sales post rise but deposits take a hit
2. Cyprus president urges probe into airline bidding
3. Aegean Airlines flying high, nine-month results show
4. Bank of Cyprus posts 5-mln-euro loss in Q3
5. Moscovici urges Athens to ´take necessary measures,´ make way for troika´s return
6. As prices keep falling, Greeks finally start to spend
more news
Today
This Week
1. Child molester suspect photo released by police
2. Lebanese FM: Cyprus may be jihadi transit point
3. Athens water supply 9-month profit falls 45 pct on lower charges
4. Change of US president won't mean change of foreign policy
5. Armed man arrested on Thessaloniki campus
6. Greek economy expands 0.7 pct q/q in Q3
Today
This Week
1. Give Greece a chance
2. Extremism from a bygone era
3. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
4. Greece paralyzed by major strike, flights cancelled
5. Piraeus nightclub shooting leaves 3 seriously injured
6. Cosco’s Greek unit adds multinational rail-freight client
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.