Secretary for revenues is appointed

The Finance Ministry has finally chosen a general secretary for state revenues, appointing Haris Theoharis to the post, who will also hold on to his duties as chief of the General Secretariat of Information Systems, the ministry announced on Wednesday.

It follows a decision by minister Yannis Stournaras and the approval of the Cabinet, and constitutes one of the government’s so-called prior actions which must be made before the disbursement of the next bailout loan tranche according to the memorandum it has signed with its creditors. The appointment was supposed to have been made last year and was a key demand of the country’s creditors.

The general secretary for revenues will be in charge of areas which previously came under the jurisdiction of the minister and his deputy. The law provides for the renewal of the secretary’s stint at the post just once, to ensure his independence from party political influence.