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Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by AlYunaniya Staff No Comments

Greece ahead of itself?

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A few days before the Eurogroup of May 13, which will approve the disbursement of the 4.2 out of the EUR 6 billion installment of the first quarter of 2013 it seems there might be a way for Greece to get the tranche of the second quarter of EUR 3.2 billion from the Eurozone without a re-evaluation of troika in June, protothema.gr writes.

Government sources said that “there is still no such request from the Greek side, nor a discussion with troika” but we are considering examining the issue in the near future, provided that “the Greek side will be completely ready” to meet the prerequisites to be met until then.

Such a development could possibly mean that troika might not be required to come back to Athens in June if the government proceeds timely with some issues provided by the memorandum, like the numbering of all transactions with the State with a single number (which will integrate Tax Identification Number, ID and other identification numbers), changes in tax laws (simplification), etc.

Meanwhile, Adminstrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis and his associates are currently working on the final details nfor the preparation of the bill regarding changes in the public sector, tovima.gr writes.

According to the plan, the ministries will have about 50% less placements and reduced staff. The new bill will focus on effectiveness, efficiency, fiscal benefits and reducing operating cost criteria, while emphasizing is job placement organization and recruitment. The main focus is on merit and the qualitative improvement of staff and services provided.

One of the main aspects of the new bill is the issuing of presidential decrees. The government plans to restructure each ministry, so that they are more functional and effective. The detailed description of each position, along with the responsibilities and duties of each directorate, department and position are critical.

The goals of each department and ministry will become the goals of each employee, so staff will be evaluated on the degree to which they completed their tasks. These evaluations will determine whether an employee will face a dismissal or a transfer to another department.

Essentially, the new bill contains the tools by which a number of other reforms are to take place, such as the 15,000 dismissals by the end of 2014. The bill also ensures that for each compulsory dismissal there will be one recruitment. About 10,000 successful applicants who participated in ASEP competitions will cover these recruitments.

Meanwhile, the “surplus” employees from positions and departments that are to merge or be abolished will be inducted in a mobility scheme for transfer to other positions, based on staff evaluation and needs. The employees from public law entities will be given incentives to retire, while employees from private law entities will likely face outright dismissal. Along with employees facing misconduct charges, private law employees in the civil sector are the first to face dismissal.



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