OPINION

The quest for quality

The government is set to face countless challenges over the next three years. And Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis’s administration has no scope for failure, as it is virtually obliged to meet all these challenges. But such victories will only be significant if they also constitute an investment in the country’s future. Indeed, the one sure thing is that Greece cannot turn back now. The battle to boost the Greek economy has to be fought on the basis of the current, and ever-evolving, state of affairs. The government cannot reduce workers’ salaries or curb their rights. So, what can be done to change the image of a country which has been eating into its resources over the past 20 years, having never learned to produce? The only solution is to focus on quality. The government should aim to produce quality, in all areas. And this can only be done through the appointment of capable individuals to be entrusted with the mission of ensuring high quality in all types of services, of systematically assessing the problems crippling our country but also the roots of those same problems… And these must be responsible individuals who would not remain indifferent on discovering that a certain document has taken two weeks to get from one ministry office to another. They may demand a higher salary but would be obliged to deliver results. As the old saying goes: «You get what you pay for.»