Greece appoints first Anti-Corruption chief

Angelos Binis

Angelos Binis

The Mitsotakis government appointed on Wednesday a chief to head Greece's first anti-corruption body.

The newly created Transparency Authority will be headed by Angelos Binis, who has extensive experience in issues related to fighting corruption.

Binis, a civil servant, graduated from the National School for Public Administration, Binis has served in the General Accounting Office of State and the Public Administration Inspectorate, and since September 2015 has worked as a consultant-analyst on transparency and corruption issues for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

With the creation of the new single transparency authority, established under legislation, for the first time transfers the powers and responsibilities of public administration inspection services to an independent authority.

"Both the transfer of the inspection authorities to an independent authority and by proposing that this authority be staffed by a public-sector technocrat with no party background indicate the government's absolute commitment to a real institutional and operation depoliticisation of the control of corruption," the government source said.