Greek “Watergate”: The European Commission of Inquiry examines the conclusions of the report

Greek “Watergate”: The European Commission of Inquiry examines the conclusions of the report

The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) is trying to water down a draft report by Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld on the Greek ‘Watergate’ scandal that has tested the New Democracy (EPP) government in Athens.

The Dutch MEP, who is the PEGA Committee’s rapporteur, presented a draft report on the phone tapping scandal on Tuesday (8 November). This scandal shook Greek political life after it was discovered that several politicians, journalists and businessmen had had their phones tapped with illegal Predator spyware.

The report berates the Greek centre-right government for its role in the scandal, with the latter claiming that no public authority acquired the spyware. In an interview with the TV channel ANT1Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that Predator has a presence in Greece but is used by private individuals.

“The hypothesis of private actors behind the Predator attacks is also very implausible because it would not explain the choice of targets.”reads the draft report.

“The Greek secret services [EYP] and the government categorically denies that the Predator was ever purchased or used by Greek authorities. Although spyware use is illegal in Greece, there appears to be no active investigation into the origin of spyware attacks.”says the report.

The report also refers to elections scheduled for next year, suggesting that the situation needs urgent clarification. “so as not to question the integrity of the 2023 election.”

And “ mini coupe »

After a press conference organized by Ms in ‘t Veld to present the draft report, Greek New Democracy MEP Anna-Michelle Assimakopoulou made a statement claiming that a “Parliamentary Minicoup” occurred.

“PEGA Committee rapporteur Sophie In ‘t Veld, in a ‘parliamentary mini-coup’, held a press conference in which she presented her allegations, entitled ‘Me, me and me’, despite the sum of his opinions colleagues and the parliamentary process.”said Ms. Asimakopoulou.

“The project extrapolates using assumptions and scenarios that lack basis, truth and evidence.”added the Greek MEP.

Likewise, Jeroen Lenaers, the Chair of the PEGA Committee (EPP), said that the report is not final and stressed that all members of the PEGA Committee will have the opportunity to table amendments to the draft report.

The EPP is cornered

Speaking to EURACTIV on condition of anonymity, a PEGA MEP said that Ms In ‘t Veld’s findings ” express the majority position of the Committee ».

“Renew Europe, the Greens, the left GUE and the Social Democrats support these conclusions”confided to the deputy.

However, he added that the EPP will put strong pressure on the Dutch rapporteur to downplay the issue in order to achieve this “Rescuing the last bastion of the EPP in Athens”.

The MP also believed that this pressure could come from French President Emmanuel Macron, whose Renew Europe party is a member, as he has close ties to Mr Mitsotakis.

Referring to PEGA’s visit to Athens last week, the MEP said that Commission head Jeroen Lenaers, a “decent politician” who “doesn’t want to lose his dignity”.

Following revelations that opposition socialist leader Nikos Androulakis is being watched by the secret service, both the office manager of Mr Mitsotakis, who is also his nephew, and the head of the secret service have resigned.

The two men have so far refused to reveal the reasons for this surveillance, citing the reasoning of the“National security”.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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