Public sector reorganization gets under way

New organizational charts were rolled out in Greece’s public administration with the aim of reducing the number of top-level civil servants and saving taxpayers more than 10 million euros per year.

According to the Administrative Reform Ministry, the civil service should have 40 percent fewer structures at the end of the process, while the number of department chiefs will be reduced from 7,717 to 4,558. The number of departments is due to fall from 5,763 to 3,324.

“After decades, we are changing the public administration,” said Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. “The new organizational charts have more sparing and cohesive structures that will contribute toward creating a less bureaucratic state.”

The changes will lead to public spending on salaries being reduced from 27 million to 16.2 million.

Ironically, Mitsotakis’s department will see the biggest change. His ministry’s structures are due to be reduced by 63 percent. Costs are also due to be decreased by 62 percent.

One of the knock-on effects of the reorganization is that the management of some museums, which fall under the auspices of the Culture Ministry, will be merged. But perhaps most significantly, the National Archaeological Museum in Athens will finally have its own director. A new department, responsible for the guarding of the country’s museums, will also be created.

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