Migration minister asks Commissioner for information on NGO fraud probe

Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas requested from European Commissioner for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides the full file on the ongoing probe into an NGO suspected of sexual exploitation and economic corruption.

In his letter to the Commissioner, Mouzalas says the evidence will help Greek authorities prosecute those involved.

“We expect the timely submission of all information to the relevant ministries of Citizens’ Protection, Justice and Migration Policy in order to initiate an investigation in an appropriate manner,” the minister said in his letter and requested the names of the victims so that authorities can help them.

The recent interception of suspicious activity by an NGO involved in refugee reception in Greece once again showed that the European Commission’s monitoring mechanisms were effective, European Commissioner for Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides commented on Thursday.

Replying to questions about the report he had filed himself on the specific NGO, Stylianides noted that the “phenomenon was nipped off if the bud” and all the evidence handed over to OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office. There was constant communication with Greek authorities on the issue and, once the investigation was complete and its results known, all assistance to the specific organisation will stop, Stylianides added.

The Commissioner made the comments while visiting the northwestern Greek city of Ioannina, where he met with the mayor Thomas Bengas and Epirus Regional Governor Alexandros Kahrimanis. Stylianides is in the city to attend a discussion on the future of Europe taking place on Thursday evening.