OPINION

Fewer offices, more efficiency

A much-needed, albeit long-delayed, measure needed to improve the administration of Greece is a reduction in the number of the country’s regions, prefectures and municipalities. The newly re-elected New Democracy administration has an obligation to push forward with this ambitious reform and, above all, to overcome any opposition from local officials. After all, progress in digital and road networks have almost eclipsed distances: These days, citizens can be much closer to the head of every region, prefecture or municipality than they were 50 years ago. The state needs fewer but more efficient administrative units. Slashing the number of offices is absolutely necessary in order to serve the citizen rather than bureaucracy. Rather than pouring even more money into the functioning of the state apparatus, the country will then able to channel it into badly needed projects instead.