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No more free coffee and water for the Greek deputies

13 March 2014 / 17:03:16  GRReporter
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An order of Parliament Chairman Evangelos Meimarakis suspends the supply of free coffee and bottled water for deputies involved in various parliamentary commissions.

The company that operates the cafe and the canteen at the parliament offers the deputies coffee at prices similar to those at the expensive restaurants in the posh Kolonaki neighbourhood.

A cup of coffee (from a machine, which is also the cheapest) costs about 4 euro. The data published make it clear that the parliament paid 10,023 euro for the coffee and water for the deputies involved in 44 meetings of parliamentary commissions in December alone, although a cup of the same coffee costs just 1.30 euro at the cafe of the parliament. The data contained in the decision that has been posted on "Parliamentary transparency" website and approximate calculations show that a cup of coffee or a bottle of mineral water for the deputies involved in commissions costs about 4 euro.

It is worth noting that such wastefulness of funds comes to light for the second time since last month it became clear that the parliament had spent about 17,000 euro for coffee and cookies offered at meetings of the Chairman of the National Assembly, deputy chairmen and commissions.

At the same time, based on another decision uploaded on "Parliamentary transparency" website, about 55 euro per person was the cost of the dinner at the Acropolis Museum given by the parliament to 120 guests in connection with the meeting of the chairmen of the public administration, public order and justice commissions within the context of the Greek presidency.

The total cost of the dinner was 6,674.60 euro ...

The parliament leadership is also surprised by the closure of the service bar located in the building on Sekeri street, which has been sealed by the municipality since it has no permit. General Secretary of Parliament Athanasios Papaioannou states that a solution to the problem is about to be found in the coming days.

Tags: CoffeeDeputiesParliamentWastefulness
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