UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said that Greece had entered the euro zone after faking the necessary data for this.
“It is true that Greece became a member of the eurozone in 2001 after falsifying statistical materials,” Juncker said in an interview with the German edition of Bild. “I blame myself for this so far,” the head of the European Commission said.
At the same time, Juncker said that the procedure for accepting the country to the eurozone has changed a lot since then.
“Today, an independent service – Eurostat – has the ability to carefully check the data of all EU member states. Thus, Europe can learn from its mistakes,” he said.
According to Juncker, the former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou, when he took office in 2009, “did not know what a serious crisis Greece was in, or did not want to know about it.”
The President of the European Commission added that he would not want Greece to leave the euro zone.
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