Let them get on with their jobs

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has picked a number of qualified people to head the country’s public utilities, or DEKO. They have all been recruited from the private sector after outstanding careers as executives. These newly appointed managers have been assigned with the task of cleaning up the mess of DEKO, a mess characterized by waste, corruption and vested interests. Their salaries are fair compared to the earnings of managers with similar qualifications and jobs in the private sector. Their task is not easy. In fact, it’s made even more difficult by the numerous obstacles raised (unintentionally, we hope) by the ministers who have been chosen by the prime minister. The conservative administration must help the managers do the job for which they have been recruited. It has an obligation to protect them against ministers and reactionary forces as in the case of the Public Power Corporation.