Big rise in number of Greek civil servants sacked for offenses

More than 550 civil servants have lost their jobs this year after being found to have committed criminal or disciplinary offenses, the Administrative Reform Ministry said on Tuesday.

A total of 562 public servants have been fired for these reasons this year, which is a substantial increase on last year, when 218 lost their jobs for committing offenses, and 133 who were sacked in 2012.

“The results so far show that problems such as forged certificates and illegal hirings do exist,” said Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

“However, we have also proved that with political will and correct planning the problem can be solved.”

The ministry listed a number of standout cases, which included the municipal employee who transferred 578,035 euros of local authority funds into his personal account via an electronic banking system and a ministry employee who was absent from work for 944 days, while lacking any medical or other reason.

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