Ministry asks troika for extension to second phase of civil service mobility scheme

Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday asked visiting troika mission chiefs for an extension for the 12,500 civil servants that Greece has pledged to put into a mobility scheme until the end of the year.

Troika chiefs did not immediately respond to the request, according to sources, who said that a new meeting between Mitsotakis and the troika envoys has been scheduled for Friday.

The sources described the atmosphere in the talks on Tuesday as very good, noting that the foreign inspectors acknowledged the efforts and results by the government to sign of on the first stage of the mobility scheme.

Greece has pledged to put 12,500 employees into the scheme, which involves staff being put on reduced pay ahead of their transfer or dismissal, by the end of September.

Around 1,000 demonstrators gathered outside the ministry’s central Athens offices on Tuesday to protest the reform.

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