Public Sector Employee Permanency Needs to be Discussed

kyriakos-mitsotakisThe Greek Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance, Kyriakos Mitsotakis responded to questions about whether Greece will be able to fulfill its commitments to the Troika, concerning the number of public sector employee suspensions and lay-offs.

“We will fulfill every goal that we have set. I don’t believe there will be any major deviation from our original plan. This will allow us to change the course of the debate concerning administrative reform issues,” stressed the Minister.

Furthermore, “As I have said many times in the past, administrative reform does not only concern suspensions and lay-offs. It is about simplifying procedures and facilitating citizens. Overall, it concerns the best function of the state in correlation with the best utilization of state human resources.”

The Minister also referred to the issue of public sector employee permanency. “Civil servant permanency exists in many countries. According to the constitution no employee can be dismissed just because he or she is not performing well. They can only be dismissed for disciplinary issues or if their job no longer exists due to organizational restructuring,” he said.

He concluded by saying that public sector employee permanency needs to be discussed during the next constitutional revision.


  1. Right on cue Kyriakos becomes the public sector advocate. Keeping up a family tradition of doing and saying anything that buys votes.

  2. Apparently talking of imaginary reforms is substitute to real reforms in the mind of the Greeks.

  3. Why isn’t Kyriakos and his sister Dora in jail for the Seimens BRIBES they took 2 years ago and got caught for???

  4. Kyriakos Mitsotakis is a big C U N T a son of a B I T C H and a corrupt father…

  5. There will be no changes in anything not even reform of any kind…I bet my life on it…This politicians are just talking to keep us from revolt against them…They play with our mind…

  6. The Greek Minister of Administrative Reform and e-Governance, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, should have attended a meeting I held last month in Athens with 15 young Greek professionals to discuss what they would do differently for the future of Greece. I summarized their comments and recommendations in a recently published op-ed titled: ‘Greece: Land of Economic Tragedy or Entrepreneurial Opportunity?” –

    He would have been surprised at how ‘spot-on’ they were. Hopefully, he and someone at the Troika have time to read their comments. It might save both Europe and Greece from billions of misappropriated funds.

  7. I suggest you investigate Greece’s labour laws and punitive taxes as part of your evaluation of Entrepreneurial Opportunity. I also recommend you identify sectors of the economy that still thrive and determine how they manage their businesses. Dialoging with post grad university students is helpful but they do not have the business experience of surviving the maelstrom that is austerity.

  8. Polycrates, The purpose of my article is to change the dialogue from the status quo, which has failed the Greek people to something that might work better. I welcome your comments but would ask that rather than criticize the efforts of a few, come forth with your own version of a better future for Greece. It’s easy to take cheap shots at those that try to think-out-of-the-box because they lack experience with their new ideas. That is what entrepreneurship stems from, brand new and untested ideas. Your less than enthusiastic reaction is precisely the mindset that needs to change in Greece and the principle reason for my efforts to promote this article prior to the Troika’s next meeting later this month. So, I challenge you and your colleagues with the same question stated in my article,

    “If you were offered access to a 100 million euro fund to spend in any way they chose for the betterment of Greece, what would you do first and why?”

    Your insights would be most welcome.

  9. Tom, my comment was intended to direct you towards the obstacles that impede entrepreneurial opportunities so you may have a better understanding of the issue. One must first understand the impediments to business entry/expansion that are process and cost driven by government, the existence of oligarchies and regulations. These must be fully understood before they can be effectively addressed in your 100 million euro question.
    It appears you are thin skinned and hypersensitive, misconstruing constructive commentaries that does not make for a good candidate to undertake such a challenge. You will need to be much tougher if you are willing to take on this beast. Good luck!

  10. Polycrates, no doubt, everyone is well aware of the obstacles that impede Greece’s entrepreneurialism. I don’t believe there’s a need to delve much deeper to agree that viable solutions are lacking in Greece. In fact digging deeper to gain a ‘better understanding of the issues” as you state in your comment above may be part of the problem in Greece. I have found that the more you try to define a problem that lacks counter solutions, the greater the tendency to come up with solutions confined by the same problem. It’s a very limiting approach that under extreme situations, always renders poor results. That is why, Greece needs to think-out-of-its comfort zones.

    Although my entrepreneurial achievements have been well documented over the years, hence, my qualifications for addressing these issues as I do, I’m not so sure my personal entrepreneurial prowess is a requirement for a Greek remedy. Although flattered by your comment, the focus needs to remain on Greece’s young professionals not me. I started the process with a two-hour meeting and an op-ed article. Now, it is up to you, your peers, and colleagues to come out of your shells and help your leaders redefine the future of Greece.

    You may emphatically believe that your politicians are at fault, but did it ever occur to you that they are just as baffled as you are by Greece’s current economic situation and, in so many words, would welcome intelligent suggestions? My op-ed was an innovative way to get untainted and unbiased intel to where it can count the most without consequence.

    You seem to write well. Why don’t you collect a few of your colleagues together and come up with a similar progressive-thinking article? You will learn as I have over the years that the power of the word prevails. …including yours.


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