A list with freebies worth €60,000 given last year by the telecommunication authority CyTA to political parties, former state officials, mayors and football clubs has been given by Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides to the House Public Expenditure Control committee.
Michaelides said that he found reprehensible CyTA’s practice of giving away electronic devices and coupons to non-business clientele.
He added that the service needs of state officials should be covered by the government and not by officials at CyTA.
Chairman of the committee Georgios Georgiou said the issue would be discussed at the beginning of November.
CyTA’s spokesman Lefteris Christou told Sigma TV’s news that the gifts were given within the framework of the general practice followed by the organisation to enhance relations with its customers and associates and that it was a practice followed by telecommunications companies worldwide.
He also said the majority of the freebies were given to business clients and that only a small number fell through the criteria gaps, for which CyTA had taken action.
The utility also issued an announcement in order to set the record straight on reports it had given free equipment to the President.
“The specific equipment was given by CyTA on December 31, 2013 therefore it does not concern the current President of the Republic who based on the statements that were given to the Auditor-general’s office has never received such equipment,” the announcement said.