Welcome to the Friends of Greece

The mission of The Friends of Greece is to promote the common good and general welfare of citizens of the United States and Greece (see mission statement here).  We believe that confidence in the rule of law and the integrity of economic statistics are important foundations for a healthy, prosperous, and productive society.  If you have found your way to this blog, you are likely to feel the same way.

These pages contain a repository of information about the ongoing public criticism, civil and criminal charges that have been levied against Andreas Georgiou and others who produced official Greek government statistics from 2010 to 2015.  For a comprehensive introduction, the International Statistics Institute maintains a document that provides a chronological summary of the court proceedings from 2011 to 2018.  Editorials in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and The Economist provide brief introductions to the saga.  This blog page contains our catalogued and searchable repository.

We hope that this compilation illuminates the truth of these matters, and that it helps you to be an informed and effective advocate for the value of international statistical standards and an impartial and effective judicial system in Greece.


ISI – background on the Georgiou case (July 2018)

The International Statistical Institute (ISI) has a background document including a chronology of the court proceedings against Andreas Georgiou and a summary of the position. The document is available online on the ISI website.


The International Statistical Institute and the International Association for Official Statistics continue to be very concerned at the legal action being taken against the former head of the Greek Statistics Office (ELSTAT). Read the English language article here.

iefemerida – Παπανδρέου σε ημερίδα του Economist: Τα χρήματα του Ταμείου Ανάκαμψης να μην αξιοποιηθούν με πελατειακό τρόπο [Papandreou at Economist conference: Recovery Fund money not to be used in a clientele way]

The Greek language press organization iefemerida reports on a speech delivered by former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreau. Read the Greek language article here.