The 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.