Greece a civil service lag­gard

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Greece ranks fourth from last among the Euro­pean Union’s 28 mem­ber-states in the ef­fi­ciency of its civil service, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by the Cen­ter for Plan­ning and Eco­nomic Re­search (KEPE), which de­scribes state ef­fi­ciency as a de­ci­sive fac­tor when it comes to in­vestors plac­ing their money in a coun­try. Cyprus is fifth from the top.

The sur­vey as­sesses the public sec­tor’s ef­fi­ciency in four main in­dices. The first con­cerns the level of cor­rup­tion, the pro­tec­tion of rights and the in­de­pen­dence of jus­tice. In this list Greece is fourth from bot­tom in the EU, above only Italy, Croa­tia and Ro­ma­nia.

The sec­ond in­dex looks at sta­bil­ity, de­ter­mined by the level of un­em­ploy­ment and in­fla­tion as well as the ra­tio of state spend­ing to con­sump­tion by to­tal public ex­pen­di­ture. Greece is sec­ond to last, above Spain.

An­other in­dex con­cerns in­fra­struc­ture, gaug­ing air trans­port, and mo­bile phone and land­line sub­scribers and In­ter­net users per 100 cit­i­zens. Greece ranks high in this cat­e­gory, shar­ing 11th spot with Slove­nia.

Sav­ing grace

The fi­nal in­dex is ed­u­ca­tion, de­pend­ing on the num­ber of peo­ple in higher ed­u­ca­tion and spend­ing on ed­u­ca­tion as a per­cent­age of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. Greece ranks joint first in this in­dex, along with Spain, Es­to­nia, Bel­gium, Den­mark and Swe­den.

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