Moscow. August 24. For the European Commission requires that the statistical base for economic decisions were and remain credible, said Wednesday a member of the EC employment, social Affairs and the European statistics Marian Theisen.
“For the European Commission’s and Eurostat, it is clear that all the data relating to the debt of the Greek government in the period 2010-2015, builds trust, and accurately transmitted to Eurostat in contrast to what happened in the previous period”, – said the Commissioner.
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“We are concerned by media reports, according to which the accuracy of the budget data underlying the programs in support of stability in Greece, needs to be questioned. Such statements undermine the credibility of Greek statistics,” said Theisen.
Therefore, according to her, the European Commission takes a clear position, which is, first, that the Greek authorities “to publicly and actively denied any insinuation of manipulation of data for the period of 2010-2015″. In addition, the Greek authorities are requested to protect ELSTAT (statistical service of Greece) from all the speculation.”
The European Commission is ready to assist the Greek government to improve the quality of national statistics. And this primarily concerns the independence of the statistical system.
Theisen said that together with the Deputy Chairman of the European Commission on financial stability Valdis Dombrovskis and a member of the EC on economic and financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici, she sent a letter outlining these points to the Minister of Finance of Greece to Euclid Tsakalotos.
The Commissioner has indicated that “reliable and independent statistics are fundamental to any discussion about economic policy.
“The Greek government must ensure the implementation of relevant commitments, which guarantees the continuation of the program in support of stability for Greece,” explained Theisen.