OPINION

When too much is too little

When the tendency to advertise oneself is taken too far, it often achieves the exact opposite result of that desired. A prime example of overshooting the mark is the recent and very costly public information campaign launched by the Ministry of Economy and Finance against tax evasion. The campaign would only really make sense and have an impact if the auditing authorities were doing their job well in the first place. Greece is the only country that has yet to levy a fine against Siemens; auditors continue to dawdle over the tax returns of certain powerful individuals and businesses on the excuse that they want to make sure everything is done perfectly and the full extent of any tax evasion is revealed, while confirmed and uncollected debts have soared to levels higher than even the State Audit Council could ever have imagined. Therefore, before the Ministry of Economy and Finance takes it upon itself to educate the public, it would be best if it first made sure that the law was being applied within its own areas of jurisdiction.