Avramopoulos wants ‘full light’ shed on alleged bribery scandal


EU Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on Wednesday urged authorities to shed full light on an alleged medical bribery scandal, adding that accusations against him were politically motivated.

In a statement, Avramopoulos, a former conservative minister, said that the case file concerning an ongoing probe into charges that Swiss drug firm Novartis paid bribes in order to receive preferential treatment was “unsubstantiated” and “full of holes.”

“It’s very clear that this is an unprecedented plot, which would not stand in any other European Union country,” he said.

“Only sick minds would conjure this up and attempt it,” he said.