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American Association for Public Opinion Research

AAPOR Joint Statement of Support for Andreas Georgiou

January 10, 2018
We the undersigned organizations and individuals call on Greek authorities to halt the legal proceedings against Andreas Georgiou, the former president of the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), and other senior ELSTAT officials for their ELSTAT work under Georgiou’s leadership 2010-2015. The Government deficit and debt figures, produced by ELSTAT under Dr. Georgiou’s stewardship, have been validated numerous times by Eurostat as complying with the highest international standards. Further, Dr. Georgiou during his tenure leading ELSTAT strictly followed the best practice statistical principles enshrined in European Union and Greek law.

The continued prosecutions of Dr. Georgiou for his work, many times after findings of innocence—amounting to double or even potentially triple jeopardy—are troubling on multiple levels. The prosecutions undermine the current production of Greek statistical figures, which in turn undermines Greece’s efforts to end its cycles of economic crises, and attract foreign investment. Trusted, credible statistical data are a cornerstone of a well-functioning democracy and a healthy economy. The prosecutions also violate the scientific freedom and human rights of Dr. Georgiou and his colleagues to present their scientifically derived statistical data without interference and to “extend and disseminate knowledge for the good of humanity.”

In summary, we call on Greek authorities to drop its prosecutions of Dr. Georgiou and his colleagues, exonerate them of past convictions, and drop ongoing investigations relating to their official ELSTAT Work. Further, the Greek Government should apologize on behalf of the Greek State to Dr. Georgiou for the appalling treatment he and his colleagues have endured over a protracted period at the hands of the Greek State for essentially doing their duty to the highest standards.
Organizational Signers
44 as of February 5, 2018
American Association for Public Opinion Research
American Educational Research Association American Sociological Association
American Statistical Association Association of Public Data Users
Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability
Center for Human Rights Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Center for Liberal Studies - Markos Dragoumis
Committee of Concerned Scientists, Inc.
Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies
Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics
Danish Society for Theoretical Statistics
Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Statistik (DAGStat) Dimiourgia Xana
Eastern North American Region (ENAR) of the International Biometric Society
Finances Publiques et Economie (FIPECO)
German Statistical Society
Groupe des Ecoles Nationales d'Economie et Statistique (GENES)
Haver Analytics
Human Rights Data Analysis Group
International Indian Statistical Association
Institute of Mathematical Statistics
Inter-American Statistical Institute
International Association for Statistical Education
International Association for Official Statistics
International Association for Research in Income and Wealth
International Association of Survey Statisticians
International Statistical Institute
Irish Statistical Association
Israel Statistical Association
Kent Consultancy Ltd (UK)
Korean International Statistical Society
McDougall Scientific Ltd.
National Association for Business Economics
New Zealand Statistical Association
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
Representatives of the Empirical Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences in the German Data Forum (RatSWD)
Royal Statistical Society of Belgium
Statistical Society of Australia
Statistical Society of Canada / Société statistique du Canada
Statistics Iceland
Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics
The International Environmetrics Society
Western North American Region (WNAR) of the International Biometric Society