Min­is­ter in­sists dis­ci­plinary pan­els are work­ing

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Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­is­ter Olga Gerovasili re­sponded yes­ter­day to a re­port in Kathimerini about the back­log of dis­ci­plinary hear­ings for civil ser­vants sus­pected of of­fenses. Kathimerini re­vealed that an an­nual re­port by the In­spec­torsCon­trollers Body for Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion (SEEDD) found that at the end of 2015, 2,185 cases (not in­clud­ing ap­peals) were yet to be heard. Twelve months later, this num­ber had risen to 3,216. When ap­peals are fac­tored in, the to­tal rises to 4,351, sug­gest­ing that the dis­ci­plinary process is not mov­ing for­ward at all. How­ever, Gerovasili in­sisted that apart from three pan­els, the dis­ci­plinary coun­cils are op­er­at­ing nor­mally. She said that there had been com­pli­ca­tions last year due to a lengthy strike by lawyers, who sit on the pan­els. The min­is­ter ad­mit­ted that civil ser­vants who are ac­cused of wrong­do­ing could re­turn to their po­si­tions if their cases are not ex­am­ined within two years. She added, though, that this would not lead to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­ing dropped.

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