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Greece investigating payment to Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Angusev

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Greek Sky TV reports that the state owned DEI energy company is under investigation over its decision to pay 4.8 million EUR for the EDS energy trading company owned by Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Koco Angusev.

The contract raised eyebrows in both countries given that it was signed mere months before Prime Ministers Zaev and Tsipras signed the Prespa treaty. It raised questions over whether the significant payment to a Deputy Prime Minister influenced the text of the Prespa treaty and also whether DEI paid a realistic market price for his company. According to the Greek media, the contract was negotiated by Georgios Lanzas, a former sugar executive who leads DEI’s Albanian subsidiary, but is also a high ranking official with the Greek ruling SYRIZA party.

The Prespa treaty caused a major scandal in the Greek Foreign Ministry as well, after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos accused former Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias of paying tens of millions EUR to Macedonian politicians and opinion makers from black funds to facilitate the deal.