Cisco - Kerameos: gift data of 1,5 million citizens & money
In the last 10 (at least) months, the Ministry of Education and personally the Minister Niki Kerameos, had made the hidden game their favorite game. What were they hiding? But of course the donation agreement that the Greek government binds with Cisco for the very important process of e-learning in which almost 1,5 million individuals (students and teaching staff) participate.
Despite the fact that the law (even passed by the government of New Democracy in 2020, 47/27) is clear and provides for the posting of such contracts for donations on the Internet, Ms. Kerameos insists on violating it without even giving explanations.
Also, the Minister, acting clearly anti-institutional, insisted for months on ignoring the calls of almost the entire opposition to submit this contract (contracts better as with our amendments four have emerged) so that at least they are informed about its content the representatives of the Greek people and the parliamentary parties. Instead of this basic parliamentary task, Ms. Kerameos claimed that "the contract is in my office, anyone can come and see it".
The contracts in Parliament
On Monday, the Cisco - Kerameos Contracts suddenly appear without many drumbeats on the website of the Ministry of Education, as had been done with the Impact Assessment. Why Monday? Because having Mrs. Kerameos to answer the topical question of Nikos Filis, she can no longer hide that Cisco is given € 2 million for the purchase of Cisco Webex for Education licenses.
It is no longer a secret that the contracts were made public, while the money began to flow into Cisco's coffers, without anyone being able to react.
The money is given through the Information Society (IS), a body of the Ministry of Digital Policy.
As mentioned, on 28/12/2020 the Director of the Minister, Kyriakos Pierrakakis sent a letter to the IS requesting the purchase of 154.000 12-month Cisco Webex for Education licenses for the needs of the Ministry of Education. The reason? The emergency conditions due to a pandemic that require distance education, which, however, had started 9 months ago.
Coincidentally, on the exact same day, the Contractors of the relevant contracts of SYZEFXIS 2, sent a letter to the IS proposing the replacement of software licenses of another company (HUAWEI) with those of Cisco.
Thus the two needs met, the universe conspired with the need to meet desire.
Here is the math needed to prove that the cost is the same, the offer is better, so there is no question of legitimacy, so the Court of Auditors gives the OK to IS to buy software over € 2 million from Cisco.
For those who did not understand, it is the software that Cisco has been providing "free" for a few months now to the Ministry of Education.
The first Cisco-Kerameos contract
What is perceived at first glance, without reading the text in question 172 pages, is that the first contract (beginning on page 47) is in no way reminiscent of a formal contract in which the Greek state has been involved (and signed). There is not even a protocol number (only the Minister's office), there is no indication that the contract concerns the Greek Republic, there is no digital signature, it has not been transmitted to any other service. It is more reminiscent of a private contract than an official public document.