Justice for Andreas Georgiou, Former Head of Greek Statistical Agency

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This website is dedicated to rectifying the political persecution of Andreas Georgiou, who has been unjustly subjected to an onslaught of criminal and civil suits in Greece. This treatment arose because Andreas – from his position as President of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (“ELSTAT”), Greece’s National Statistical Office – insisted on keeping accurate statistics covering Greece’s public financial situation. All of this has imposed extraordinary hardship on Andreas and his family.

Andreas’ plight has elicited an international outcry. Various statistical organizations and other professional bodies from around the world have expressed their deep concern to the Greek Government about Andreas’ treatment. A recent statement by the American Statistical Association supporting Andreas was signed by over 1000 individuals from around the world, including nine Nobel Laureates. The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the Economist, among others, have all editorialized in Andreas’ favor.

Having served 21 years at the International Monetary Fund, Andreas returned to Greece in 2010 to serve his country as President of ELSTAT. He effected a massive improvement in Greek official statistics. For example, in the five years preceding Andreas’ tenure, Eurostat six times put reservations on Greek deficit and debt statistics, meaning Eurostat could not certify the quality of these statistics. In contrast, during Andreas’ 5-year tenure, Greek public finance data did not receive any Eurostat reservations, a credit to the dramatic improvements Andreas made.

However, this commitment to accurate statistics led to a political backlash in Greece, fueling a broadside of criminal and civil charges against Andreas personally. These have included, among others, criminal charges for “false statements and complicity against the State” and “repeated violation of duty” as well as criminal and civil charges for “slander”.

These legal threats are very real.For example, Andreas has already been found guilty of “violation of duty”; he is requesting the Greek Supreme Court to annul the conviction. Moreover, the charge of “false statements and complicity against the State” carries a potential life sentence and the Supreme Court is considering for a second time whether to reverse Andreas’ acquittal by a lower court. In this context, Andreas has had to retain Greek counsel at significant expense. This saga, of multiple prosecutions, some of which have been revived a number of times, has beleaguered Andreas for seven years.

The financial cost has been very difficult to bear, but the stress on Andreas and his family has been staggering. No one should have to face such circumstances simply for patriotically performing public service for their country. No official statistician should be persecuted for implementing existing statistical laws and international statistical principles and ethics in their work.

Andreas deserves the support of every person committed to accurate and transparent official statistics. If official statisticians in Greece are persecuted for producing accurate statistics, the integrity of Greek statistics will be jeopardized. Moreover, the European Union and its economic system, as well as its democratic values, are all critically undermined. Furthermore, a terrible precedent is created, increasing the risks for objective and impartial statistical production in countries around the world, even undermining the international financial system.

We ask you to support Andreas by speaking out on his behalf – and by contributing to his legal defense. The funds will be transferred to an account set up only for the legal fees of Andreas. In the case legal fees turn out to be lower than expected, half of the remainder will be given to Elpida, a Greek charity that works with children needing bone marrow transplants. The other half of any potential remainder will be given to the International Statistical Institute for use, at the discretion of its Executive Committee, in the promotion of reliable and impartial statistics.

The following links provide more information on the persecution of Andreas, the international press coverage of the issue, and documentation demonstrating the support shown for Andreas by respected individuals throughout the world. Please join us in support of Andreas Georgiou.


This link leads to the statement by the American Statistical Association.

This link leads to a collection of articles on Andreas' case, encompassing major journals in Europe and the US.

This link leads to a chronology of Andreas‘ case provided by the International Statistical Institute.



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  • Patrick Armstrong
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  • Campaign Owner
  • Maximilian Reisch
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  • Campaign Owner

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  • Donated on Jun 19, 2018
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Dec 12

Essay on a new Statistical System for the European Union

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 02:43 pm

Dear friends,we are happy to inform you about the publication of Andreas' essay on a new statistical system for the European Union within the Bruegel Essay and Lecture Series. Please find it here.We are grateful for your interest in the case and a big thank you for supporting it,Patrick &

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Sep 21

Commendation

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 09:31 am

Dear Friends,We are very pleased to share the news that Andreas Georgiou was honored recently with a commendation from no fewer than six major statistical organizations (listed below). The commendation was “to acknowledge Andreas Georgiou‘s upholding of the highest professional standards in his public service in the pursuit of integrity. . . . .

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Jul 13

A Word of Thanks

Update posted by Patrick Armstrong at 02:09 pm

First of all a large thanks to all of you for bringing us over our goal of $40,000, which we expect to act as much needed legal support for Andreas. Nevertheless, almost more important than the financial success of the campaign, the attendant publicity has created positive support in favor. . . . .

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Jul 09

A Tale of Official Statistics in Greece

Update posted by Patrick Armstrong at 11:19 am

Dear friends of Justice for Andreas Georgiou,Thank you for your continued support,

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Jun 15

Irreversible Conviction

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 02:20 pm

On June 8, Andreas was informed that the Greek Supreme Court decided to render final and irreversible his conviction for not submitting the 2009 deficit and debt statistics to approval by a vote (this was judged to be a violation of duty, despite the fact that the European Statistics Code. . . . .

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Jun 08

A Contradiction Explained

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 07:35 am

Dear Friends of Justice for Andreas Georgiou,Greece is employing the statistical methodology and metrics implemented by Andreas to request funds, while at the same time prosecuting him for the same.It is a staggering contradiction that Andreas Georgiou is repeatedly prosecuted for the methodology of the 2009 government deficit and debt. . . . .

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May 31

Andreas' Speech at the European Parliament

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 04:02 pm

Dear Friends of Justice for Andreas Georgiou,On Tuesday May 29, 2018, Andreas participated in a meeting of the Financial Assistance Working Group of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament. Andreas was invited to participate in that public meeting in order to have an exchange of views. . . . .

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May 18

Unfortunate Developments from Greek High Court

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 03:23 pm

Dear Friends of Justice for Andreas Georgiou,we heard the discouraging news on Monday that the Greek supreme court has decided for a second time to annul the acquittal of Andreas on the charges of complicity against the state, meaning that he now faces triple jeopardy on these charges. Here is. . . . .

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Apr 13

Campaign Extension

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 01:54 pm

Dear Friends of Justice for Andreas Georgiou,Today we extended the Campaign through to 1 June 2018. While we hope this extension will allow us to close the remaining gap towards our goal, we believe the existence of the Campaign serves purposes beyond the funding need. Specifically, we believe it demonstrates

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Mar 26

Legal Cases against Andreas

Update posted by Maximilian Reisch at 06:37 am

Dear Friends of Justice for Andreas Georgiou,As for the legal cases against Andreas, on March 16th the Deputy Prosecutor of the Supreme Court proposed to the Criminal Section of the Supreme Court to accept Andreas’s request for annulment of his conviction for violation of duty for not putting up the. . . . .

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  • David Banks
  • Donated on Jun 18, 2018
  • Statisticians stand together.

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  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Jun 18, 2018
  • Thank you for organizing effort. The case against Dr. Andreas Georgiou is shocking and tragic -- tragedy of a nation whose governments can't accept facts and responsibilities. Andreas and the Greek people deserve better.

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  • Bob Traa
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  • Thank you for your efforts to assist Mr. Georgiou in this sad case.

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