In accordance with paragraph 7 of Article 3A of law 3213/2003, all auditing committees are to submit an annual report of their activities in March of each year to the Committee on Institutions and Transparency of the Parliament and to the Ministers of Finance and Justice, Transparency and Human Rights. The annual report must contain, at a minimum, the number of persons obliged to make a declaration, the number of persons who submitted declarations, the measures taken for those who did not submit a declaration and the results of the audits carried out in the performance of the committee’s duties. The report is to be posted on the official website on the internet no later than one (1) week after its submission, where it remains for seven (7) years.
According to article 3 of Law 3213/2003, the 3rd Asset Declaration Control Unit of the Anti-Money Laundering Authority is responsible for auditing a number of categories of persons such as, the General and Special Secretaries of the Parliament, the Director and Deputy Director of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Presidents and members of procurement tender committees , the owners, shareholders and partners of businesses with broadcasting licenses, journalists, the medical directors of the National Health Service, the presidents and members of the Independent Authorities, the public sector staff concerned with public contracts as well as executive level staff in private companies that undertake public contracting, and the Directors and Administrators of NGOs that are subsidized by the state.
Despite the obligation to submit and post annual reports established by Article 3A of Law 3213/2003, as can be seen from the Authority’s website, the last annual report of this auditing committee is for the year 2013.
In the Authority’s view, however, their obligations are fulfilled through the submission of this report to the Committee on Institutions and Transparency of the Parliament and to the Ministers of Justice and Finance (see more in this article from vouliwatch).
The submission of asset declarations is aimed at ensuring more effective control of the management of public money, strengthening transparency and strengthening democracy.
Making the annual reports of auditing committees available to the public serves to further these goals.
As can be seen from the Anti-Money Laundering Authority’s website, however, the last annual report uploaded by the Authority’s 3rd Asset Declaration Control Unit is from 2013.
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