Barcelona, Jun 22 (EFE) .- Some thirty Nobel laureates in Economics and 20 other personalities from the economic world have published a letter of support to former minister Andreu Mas-Colell, indicted in the Court of Accounts, they have defended his “integrity” and They have warned of the “disastrous consequences” that this procedure can have for the teacher.
Mas-Colell, who has been a professor of Economics at Harvard University, editor of the magazine ‘Econometrica’ and Secretary General of the European Research Council, is accused along with other former high-ranking officials of the Generalitat of having committed irregularities in the action exterior of Catalonia between the years 2011 and 2017, exceeding the competences of the autonomous community.
In the letter, published in the newspaper “El País”, the signatories warn that the procedure of the Court of Accounts “may have disastrous financial consequences” for Mas-Colell, since the sanction could exceed the assets of the accused, who could see seized all their property.
“Those of us who have treated Professor Mas-Colell for many years as colleagues, students and co-authors, know that he is a person of the utmost integrity”, highlight the experts, who recall that the Catalan economist is also recognized for being “a person dedicated to the public good “, as evidenced by his departure from Harvard to return to Catalonia.
“Spain was very fortunate that an economist of the capacity and stature of Professor Mas-Colell was willing to dedicate himself to public service,” underlines the letter, signed by Nobel laureates in economics such as Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, Robert Shiller, Paul Romer, Robert Aumann, Jean Tirole, Robert Wilson or Alvin Roth.
Economists defend that Professor Andreu Mas-Colell, current president of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), “is an example for all Spanish scientists abroad” and warn that the result of this judicial procedure “may have a negative influence on the willingness of these people to return to their country and contribute to public service. “
“We hope that the situation will be cleared up promptly. We also hope that, in the absence of specific charges against him, the Court of Auditors will avoid unwanted and unfair consequences for Professor Mas-Colell,” the signatories remarked.
Those indicted by the Court of Auditors are summoned to testify on Monday, June 29 and, despite the fact that it is possible to present appeals against possible sanctions that could come before the European justice, the possible fines should be paid at first.
Defendants also include former presidents Artur Mas and Carles Puigdemont, former vice president Oriol Junqueras, ex-ministers Francesc Homs, Neus Munté, Raül Romeva and Jordi Turull or MEP Jordi Solé, among others.
Article source: https://es-us.finanzas.yahoo.com/