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European Commission calls on Greek authorities to defend independence of ELSTAT

Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said yesterday that the Greek statistics office ELSTAT did not manipulate data on the country's debt in 2010-2015 and called on the Greek government to defend the credibility of the Greek economic statistics.


She said: "The independence of the Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT and the quality of its statistics are essential. For the Commission and Eurostat, it is absolutely clear that data on Greek Government debt during 2010-2015 have been fully reliable and accurately reported to Eurostat."


Ms Thyssen called upon the Greek authorities to challenge the false impression that data were manipulated during 2010-2015 and to protect ELSTAT and its staff from such claims.


A letter signed by Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Thyssen was sent in this regard to Greek Minister of Finance Euclid Tsakalotos.


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