Mit­so­takis to ask troika for more time

Min­is­ter wants un­til Septem­ber, rather than July, to com­plete mo­bil­ity scheme

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Newly ap­point­edAd­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­is­ter Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis is to ask the troika on Mon­day for a two-month ex­ten­sion for the com­ple­tion of a la­bor mo­bil­ity scheme in the civil ser­vice when he meets vis­it­ing of­fi­cials for the first time since tak­ing up his po­si­tion.

Kathimerini un­der­stands that Mit­so­takis will ask to be given un­til Septem­ber to place 12,500 civil ser- vants in the scheme, which will see them moved to other po­si­tions in the pub­lic sec­tor. The orig­i­nal dead­line for the scheme was July. How­ever, the New Democ­racy law­maker will ar­gue that the plan left by his pre­de­ces­sor An­to­nis Man­i­takis is not work­able and needs to be re­drawn. The troika wants 25,000 pub­lic sec­tor work­ers to be in the scheme by the end of the year.

Mit­so­takis is hop­ing that he will be able to buy more time with the troika by point­ing to the clo­sure of ERT as a sign that the govern­ment is tak­ing the task of stream­lin­ing the civil ser­vice se­ri­ously.

The ad­min­is­tra­tive re­form min­is­ter is to work closely with Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Con­stanti­nos Ar­van­i­topou­los and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Har­alam­bos Athana­siou on meet­ing the troika’s tar­gets. Athana­siou said on Thurs­day that he would make a pri­or­ity of ad­dress­ing tem­po­rary court de­ci­sions that have al­lowed some 6,000 con­tract work­ers to re­main in place be­yond the end of their agree­ments. A num­ber of the pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees to be placed in the mo­bil­ity scheme or sacked are due to come from the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

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