Monday, 13 August 2012

EU Expert on Greek Privatization Quits Amid Corruption Charges

Anna Boubenikova is out of two jobs now
A Slovakian woman fired from her country’s National Property Fund after she had been placed by the European Union on the Greek privatization board TAIPED has been forced to resign after being caught up in a corruption scandal.
Anna Boubenikova has not been charged with any wrongdoing but the EU accepted her resignation from the so-called Council of Experts on Aug. 9 from TAIPED, the newspaper Proto Thema reported. She had been chosen as one of three people the EU appointed to the Greek board to help accelerate the long-delayed efforts to sell off or lease state entities and sell state-owned properties to help reduce the country’s staggering $460 billion debt.

Boubenikova was sacked by the EU from her position on the Slovak National Property Fund after being implicated in a scandal in which millions of euros were paid to officials to win lucrative public privatization and public procurement contracts. She was said to be a go-between. The Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB), which is putting up $325 billion in two bailouts to keep Greece’s economy afloat, has been disappointed by the country’s flagging attempts at privatization.
(Sources: Protothema, Slovak Spectator)

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