Speaking before the European Parliament’s committee during the presentation of its annual report, Kövesi underscored the broader implications of corruption, posing the rhetorical question: “How many tragedies like the one at Tempe need to happen for us to understand that corruption kills?” Her comments emphasised the creation of a “culture of impunity” stemming from insufficient accountability and transparency.

During her recent visit to Athens, which coincided with discussions on the Tempe incident, Kövesi highlighted the singular focus of global concern on the tragedy. She stressed the essential role of the judiciary and law enforcement in ensuring public safety, pointing out that societal confidence hinges on the perceived independence and integrity of these institutions.

Responding to Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld, Kövesi revealed that her office has levied charges against 23 individuals under the 717 convention, reiterating the constraints she faces in probing former government officials due to Greek legislation.


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