Chief of Greek privatisation firm dismissed over holiday flight

City A.M. Reporter
GREECE dismissed the chairman of its privatisation agency yesterday after a newspaper exposed how he used the private plane of a businessman who had just bought a state company to go on holiday.

Stelios Stavridis is the second head of HRADF to leave in less than six months, reigniting controversy around Greece’s ailing privatisation programme, which is a central requirement of its international bailout.

A ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that Stavridis was dismissed for “ethical reasons” after reports that he travelled last week on the private plane of shipowner Dimitris Melissanidis, a major shareholder of a group which in May agreed to buy a 33 per cent stake in gambling firm OPAP.

“Finance minister Yannis Stournaras asked today for the resignation of HRADF chairman Stelios Stavridis,” the Finance Ministry said.