Foreign ministry sends Hellenic Institute in Venice audits to corruption prosecutor

Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has ordered that the findings of two audits into the finances of the Hellenic Institute in Venice be sent to the Corruption Prosecutor at the Athens Appeals Court prosecutors’ department, the ministry announced on Tuesday.

According to the announcement, the in-depth audits revealed signs of gross financial mismanagement and decline due to negligence and untransparent handling of its affairs. They also confirmed incidents discovered in a previous audit conducted in January 2010.

Given the above findings, the ministry decided that an investigation by justice was essential since the Hellenic Institute in Venice has received millions of euros from the ministry budget in the last five years for grants, payroll costs and other spending.