Andreas V Georgiou Legal Defence Fund
We the undersigned, as former colleagues of Andreas Georgiou the former President of ELSTAT (the Greek Statistical Authority), invite you to contribute to the Andreas V Georgiou Legal Defence Fund. We have established this fund to help Andreas and two of his former ELSTAT colleagues to meet the legal costs of the court proceedings pursued against them over the past four to five years.
We have followed the developments in Greece very closely and are strongly of the view that the prolonged court proceedings arise solely from a misguided resistance on the part of many political and other interest groups to the insistence of Andreas on adhering to European Union statistical regulations, the European statistics Code of Practice, and other international statistical principles and best practice over the period 2010-2015. We consider it to be particularly odious that he and his colleagues must fund the cost of their legal defence from their own resources without any indemnity from his former employer and have no expectation of re-imbursement, even if all charges are dismissed. These costs are already approaching €20,000 and can be expected to rise further.
We are acutely aware that national and international statistical institutions are severely constrained in regard to the support they can provide in situations such as this – and this is absolutely the case in regard to providing any funds or other material support. Accordingly, we have decided to sponsor this initiative to generate moral support and resources for Andreas Georgiou and his colleagues in defending the actions against them. We are therefore appealing to all current and former colleagues of Andreas, and indeed all within the wider statistical community and beyond who value the production of high quality official statistics in a professionally independent manner, to indicate their support by contributing to the Legal Defence Fund on a personal basis. Donations may be made on a named or anonymous basis.