Sunday September 21, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
27o C
19o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greek coalition wrestles with civil servant numbers ahead of troika visit

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras held talks with Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis on Friday as the government wrestles with the troika-imposed target of placing 25,000 civil servants in a labor mobility scheme this year.

Representatives from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund are due in Athens on Monday to check on how Greece is progressing with the implementation of its latest round of austerity measures and structural reforms.

Reducing the number of civil servants is one of the key goals Athens has been set for this year but the government is concerned about confirming the number of public sector workers that will be fired after being inducted into the mobility scheme, which only guarantees them a salary for 12 months if they are not transferred to another position within the civil service.

The coalition still believes that it can at least meet the demands for downsizing in part by firing up to 7,000 civil servants that are yet to face disciplinary action for a range of alleged offenses.

Manitakis told reporters on Friday that his ministry has been given an “extensive” report on the matter by public sector inspectors and that action will be taken soon. He has in the past insisted that civil servants deemed to be corrupt, unproductive or incapable of doing their jobs would be removed.

“Everything that we have said so far stands,” Manitakis said yesterday. “We are looking to implement the steps we have described as soon as possible.”

However, Kathimerini understands that Samaras is less convinced than Manitakis that the government will be able to avoid sacking some civil servants who haven’t committed any offenses.

It is expected that after the latest round of meetings with troika officials, Samaras will finalize plans for a cabinet reshuffle. The prime minister is also waiting for PASOK to conduct its four-day congress, which starts at the end of this month.

It is still unclear how extensive the reshuffle will be but sources close to Samaras said the aim would be to remove ministers and deputy ministers unable to keep up with the pace of work needed and to replace staff at ministries where department chiefs have not cooperated effectively.

ekathimerini.com , Friday February 22, 2013 (22:01)  
Results of probe into 20 Lagarde list names due soon
Police refute reports of Jihadi training
Gov’t drafts plan to secure exit from memorandum
Greek commuters have relatively long wait
Record sum of new debts to the state in August
Expired debts to the state rose to a record high in August, according to data released on Friday by the Finance Ministry. The sum of taxes and fines that remained unpaid after their deadline...
‘Greece can meet its needs on its own’
Greece will be able to meet its obligations without any new assistance from the International Monetary Fund, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis said on Friday in London, leaving the door ope...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Triumph for PAOK, historic result for Asteras in Europa League
Greek teams produced a patchy record on the opening night of the Europa League group stage on Thursday, as PAOK thrashed Dynamo Minsk, Asteras Tripolis snatched a draw at Besiktas and Panath...
SOCCER
Financial crisis forces Greek second division postponement
Greece's second soccer division Football League announced on Wednesday the postponement of the start of the season due to financial difficulties being faced by most clubs. "The board of dire...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Universities threatened by transfers
The problem arising from the abuse of the Greek university transfer system – whereby some students are allowed to move to an institution of their choice instead of the one they were admitted...
EDITORIAL
Capital changes
A sizable part of the middle of the Greek capital has been slated to receive a significant makeover with the implementation of an urban restructuring project which includes turning a key cit...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Results of probe into 20 Lagarde list names due soon
2. Police refute reports of Jihadi training
3. Gov’t drafts plan to secure exit from memorandum
4. Greek commuters have relatively long wait
5. IKA uncovers benefits scam at Kerameikos branch
6. Man dies in well accident
more news
Today
This Week
1. ‘Greece can meet its needs on its own’
2. Record sum of new debts to the state in August
3. Results of probe into 20 Lagarde list names due soon
4. Police refute reports of Jihadi training
5. Gov’t drafts plan to secure exit from memorandum
6. Special guard arrested over extortion, bribery
Today
This Week
1. Greece on standby
2. Greece at bottom of social justice scale among EU28
3. Central Athens traffic restrictions back in force on Monday
4. Lost in the fog
5. ‘Greece can meet its needs on its own’
6. Record sum of new debts to the state in August
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.