Greek authorities are to investigate 5,260 Greek civil employees for transferring almost 1.5 billion euros to foreign banks between 2010 and 2014. According to the figures presented by the Administrative Reform Ministry, half of the civil servants and their relatives to be examined were involved in the education sector, with the vast majority of them being members of academic institutions. The remaining employees in question, belong to the health, defense, finance and public construction sectors.
Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis issued an order for the Inspectors-Controllers Body for Public Administration (SEEDD) to conduct an investigation as it appeared that 117 million euros were transferred solely by 415 out of the 5,260 employees. The average amount of money transferred abroad by employee was 283,000 euros, while the aforementioned 415 left the public sector during the last four years for a number of reasons.
According to a statement released by the Ministry, the investigation will cover almost the entire civil service sector, except certain categories such as judges and security forces personnel, as these do not fall under its jurisdiction.