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For more information (so you can get a better understanding of what is going on), you have to go in Morges, at 1A Vine Street, (or) the law firm H & B Law (which) serves as the headquarters I4cense.
(Lawyer) Marc Häsler confirms that, under Swiss law, the Institute for climate and energy security is an association. “Everything is managed from London and Athens,” he says, (via a mailbox).
More troubling, says the article, is the fact that only two people are on the steering committee of this institute, Andreas Papandreou – brother of the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou – and his wife Marianthi Alexiou. A couple who has never visited the headquarters of the institute in Switzerland.
The (institute’s) domain name (www.i4cense.org), is housed at the University of Athens by Andreas Papandreou. Its list of activities include several events since its founding in 2008.
(One of those events, according to the article in the Swiss daily was) the organization of a (particular) Forum of (foreign) investors working on the “green” development (or Eco-Development) of the Mediterranean (in) 2010.
This event (was held) in conjunction with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and under the auspices of the Greek Prime Minister. Was there enough (concluded at the above event) to cause some conflicts of interest between the brothers Papandreou, (noone knows…).
I4cense is a ”think tank “(which is well) known in Greece and some of our experts were invited to speak at their conferences,” says Sabine Parisse, Deputy Division Chief of the Press Service of the EIB. Who did not know the precise legal nature of this structure. She said (she was) even surprised to learn of the existence of the institute’s headquarters in Switzerland, as well as (the so-called) charges of embezzlement.
C & C International was responsible for logistics (adds the article). Office for the Coordination of events of the EIB, the charges against the institute (are indeed a) surprise:
“Andreas Papandreou is a renowned academic, honest and serious.” Opinion shared by Achilles Paparsenos, head of the Greek Press Office in Geneva, “Mr. Papandreou is a respected environmental economist“. Achilles Paparsenos attests to the seriousness of I4cense”.
The links between the institute and Greece are nothing new, and the website (displays) a list of the Scientific Council which contain people like Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University.
The Financial Times are among the sponsors included.
Mr. Paparsenos says the institute has not received a penny from the Greek Government. He also recalled that (the institute) intends (for all of its dealings) to be (upfront and) transparent.
He (told the Swiss paper that he) made the fight against corruption, gangrene of the national economy, and the crisis factor its workhorse.
(Nonetheless…) Transparency International noted in March that corruption cases increased from 13.4% in 2009 to 10.4% in 2010.
Still, this new case (adds the article) does not surprise Greeks.
Although it is stifled by the (PASOK) Socialist government.
“This is not surprising. The media is in the hands of groups who have no interest in offending the government, “noted one journalist. “Only small (less popular) radio and television channels are talking about it.”
Meanwhile, a student studying his doctorate made the observation that “all politicians and Greek businessmen have their money in Switzerland.” (hello… like we didn’t know!)
The (Greek) government has yet to address these outstanding issues.
A journalist from (Greece’s National Television Channel) ERT notes that the Prime Minister (George Papandreou), a member of PASOK (Socialist Party), will explain this framework (meaning he needs to address this issue): “What I4cense amounts (have been) received from the Greek state?
(The question remains… Why is it possible to subsidize a non-Greek and (non-governmental organisation) NGO based in Switzerland? “