Evaluation set to move ahead

Coalition leaders Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos are expected to meet this week to finalize the details of the civil service evaluation process, far behind schedule due to protests by unionists and disagreements within the government.

It appears that a proposal by Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to add a written clause stipulating that civil servants will not lose their jobs or have their wages reduced as a result of their evaluation results will be enough to overcome reservations about the process.

Mitsotakis insists that 15 percent of staff in each department who receive the lowest marks should be deemed to have a below-standard performance. This would lead to them receiving additional training or being transferred to more suitable positions.