ADEDY says de­lays due to min­is­ters, judges

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The Civil Ser­vants’ Union (ADEDY) de­nied yes­ter­day that union­ists are re­spon­si­ble for dis­ci­plinary hear­ings for pub­lic ser­vants sus­pected of of­fenses not be­ing car­ried out promptly and, in­stead, blamed the de­lays on min­is­ters and judges.

Re­spond­ing to a re­port in Kathimerini about the back­log of dis­ci­plinary hear­ings, ADEDY said claims that de­lays have been on the rise since union­ists re­joined the pan­els in 2015 “have no con­nec­tion to re­al­ity.” The union in­sisted that its mem­bers are al­ways present when the hear­ings take place and do their ut­most so out­stand­ing cases are wrapped up as quickly as pos­si­ble.

Kathimerini re­vealed that an an­nual re­port by the In­spec­tors-Con­trollers 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.

ADEDY said that min­is­ters have the task of as­sem­bling the dis­ci­plinary pan­els and the judges who pre­side over them are re­spon­si­ble for the speed at which cases are heard. “The fre­quent trans­fers of judges and the fact that many have re­tired makes the task the dis­ci­plinary coun­cils have more dif­fi­cult,” the union said in its state­ment.

On Thurs­day, Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­form Min­is­ter Olga 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.

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