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Civil service head count near completion

Seven years after a first, yet incomplete, census of the Greek civil service was conducted by the socialist PASOK administration, the leftist-led government has resumed the survey which is now said to be near conclusion.

Government ministries and departments have over the past six months been asked to send details about their mission, size of staff, and impact on the state budget to the Administrative Reform Ministry.

According to official data published last month, authorities have collected information on 971, or 95 percent, of all public sector agencies and organizations.

Feedback will be used in the public sector mobility scheme and civil servants’ evaluations. Inactive or purposeless departments are to be scrapped or merged, although Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform Christoforos Vernardakis has ruled out any sackings.

The census has been a Greek obligation under the nation’s bailout agreements since 2011.

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