Mayors Continue To Deny Aiding the State In Evaluation Scheme

    Greek Minister of Administrative Reform Kyriakos Mitsotakis will pass on to Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzamani the personal details of the five mayors who have refused to provide the Ministry the relevant data needed for the ongoing evaluation of civil servants.

    In his report, Mitsotakis named the mayors of the municipalities of Halandri, Zografou, Nikaia in Attica, Larissa in northern Greece and Patra in the Peloponnese. The five mayors have obstructed public administration inspectors from obtaining the data that lower-level municipal officials have also refused to submit.

    The number of mayors refusing to cooperate with the government over the evaluation of civil servants is increasing day-to-day. Apart from the 19 who stated last week that they would not send their employees’ details to the Administrative Reform Ministry, as well as the five aforementioned, another three municipalities – Nafplio, Perama, Holargos – voted in favor of blocking the evaluation process.

    The move, which the minister heralded on Wednesday in comments made on Mega TV’s morning program, caused tensions between the coalition government and the left-wing, opposition SYRIZA party. Rena Dourou, the new, leftist Governor of Attica, has openly expressed her support to all mayors who are opposed to this evaluation scheme.

    The government aims for the evaluation process to lead to 15 percent of civil servants being either retrained, moved to more appropriate positions or dismissed.

    The 19 mayors – building off support voiced by Attica Governor Rena Dourou – have refused to provide the required information for the employees’ qualifications crosschecking to the Ministry of Administrative Reform.

    In his comments to Mega, Mitsotakis blasted Dourou for resisting efforts to review public sector employment contracts and for insisting that the evaluation scheme, one of the troika’s many demands, is illegal.

    On a visit to President Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday, Mitsotakis played down the growing tensions over the civil service scheme as a “small crossing of swords.” But he went on to note that he was determined to see the law enforced.