OPINION

Rebuilding the civil service

The most troubled sector of the Greek state is without a doubt its public administration. Right now, Greece is paying the heavy price of deeply rooted partisanship within the public administration, the abolition of a structure of hierarchy and the enthronement of so-called special advisers inside the offices of ministers.

For 30 years the political system has done everything within its power to erode and debase the public administration and now, Greece is being summoned by its international creditors to rebuild it from scratch, on a healthy and rational basis. The crisis provides us with an opportunity to do so, with the help of our European partners? know-how.

There are also hundreds of young civil servants who were hired according to meritocracy and who have a lot to offer a new public administration.

They will not get very far, however, if the politicians don?t allow them to get on with their jobs and don?t stop replacing them with unionists and party apparatchiks.