Sec­re­tariat for rev­enues to gain au­ton­omy from min­istry

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU

The government is set to ful­fill one of the de­mands of its cred­i­tors for grant­ing au­ton­omy to the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat for Rev­enues from the Fi­nance Min­istry, with the aim of cre­at­ing a body that will be free of the “bad habits” of the state mech­a­nism and of po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence.

The sec­re­tariat, which is cur­rently led by Haris Theo­haris, will have its own bud­get, will an­swer only to the fi­nance min­is­ter him­self and will soon in­cor­po­rate the Fi­nan­cial Crimes Squad (SDOE) and the Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat of In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems (GSIS).

The government is ex­pected to present Par­lia­ment in the next few days with the spe­cial clauses for the re­form of the sec­re­tariat, given that the cur­rent sys­tem is un­able to meet the tar­gets set by the bud­get in the do­mains of rev­enues and in­spec­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the government’s bailout agree­ment with its in­ter­na­tional cred­i­tors, some 330 reg­u­lar checks on ma­jor en­ter­prises should be com­pleted by the end of June. This num­ber should rise to 750 by the end of the year. Yet in the year’s first month no more than four checks have been com­pleted, though an­other 309 are re­ported to be on­go­ing.

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