Predator: European Parliament committee visits Greece to investigate espionage case

Predator: European Parliament committee visits Greece to investigate espionage case

The European Parliament’s committee of inquiry into the spyware and surveillance software scandal, known as PEGA, is to travel to Greece and Cyprus to interview key local witnesses.

The PEGA Commission will visit both countries in early November to investigate reports of illegal use of spyware against citizens, including politicians and journalists. The scandal erupted when MEP and leader of the Greek Socialist Party, Nikos Androulakis, filed a report after European Parliament authorities discovered signs of Predator software on his phone.

European Parliament Vice-President Dimitrios Papadimoulis told EURACTIV on Monday (3 October) that the maneuvers by the Greek government and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Brussels will not be tolerated.

“A large majority on the left, including EPP members and the committee’s rapporteur Sophie in Veldt, who belongs to Emmanuel Macron’s group, are determined to see this matter through, as evidenced by calls for an investigation into surveillance Europole”.

The PEGA Committee published a document on Monday calling on Europol Executive Director Catherine de Bolle to propose new investigations into spyware abuse in Europe.

The mission to Greece and Cyprus includes meetings with the Cyprus and Greek parliaments, ministers, the owner of Interlexa (the company that supplies Predator), its CEO and other key witnesses. The parliamentary committee will also meet selected politicians and journalists.

Greece’s majority-controlled parliamentary committee began dealing with the spyware scandal on September 7th and completed its work on September 30th. She blocked testimonials from most people directly associated with Predator, such as Interlexa’s owner and CEO.

After the publication of the agenda by Mr Papadimoulis, Jeroen Lenaers, Chair of the PEGA Committee and member of the EPP, wrote on Twitter that it was just one “the very first draft of the agenda, for internal administrative use only, which has not even been shared with the political groups, let alone with potential interlocutors”. He criticized Mr Papadimouli’s testimony “that it is shameful that a Vice-President of the European Parliament should pass on such a draft internal document for internal political purposes. »

However, sources in the European Parliament told EURACTIV that Mr Lenaers had approved the proposed timeline for the PEGA Commission’s fact-finding visit to Athens and Nicosia.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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