OPINION

Watchdogs should pay heed to public

Greece’s independent watchdog groups are causing an increasing number of problems to the smooth functioning of the state. These bodies, whose role has been welcome in other Western countries, often act here without paying attention to the actual needs of society or those of the state. The country’s independent bodies have a strong penchant for shunning their complementary role to the state in promoting the objectives of a law-abiding society. For example, the Supreme Council for Personnel Selection (ASEP) was created in order to ensure transparency in public sector hirings and not to delay them. It was not just meant to be strict but also flexible, swift and effective. The independent bodies must find their footing with the needs of the state. They are expected to streamline the operation of the administration, not put the brakes on it.