Athens, September 6, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The Governing Council of Reform of Public Administration convened on Monday under Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The meeting of the council focused on the national government’s strategy for reform in both public administration and local government, creating a friendly, functional and effective environment for the citizens.
The meeting was attended by Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis, Deputy Minister of Administrative Reform, Christophoros Vernardakis, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism, Giorgos Stathakis, Finance Minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, State Minister for Coordination of Government Project, Alekos Flabouraris, and the general secretaries of the government, Michalis Kalogerou, and the Prime Minister, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.
According to government sources, the aim of the Government is to “create an effective and free from political influence public administration that responds to the current needs of citizens and acts solely in the public interest”.
In recent past there were efforts for structural changes in public administration, however, based on the results, these efforts were deemed insufficient and ineffective. Public Administration is characterized by rigidity, bureaucracy, inefficiency and with problems in its structure.
For the government, provided it really want to proceed with deep changes, it will be a difficult task as it will face reactions from a large section of the civil servants, who acting with corporatism in the past have canceled any reforms that were attempted.
However, in the government they now work on the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for Administrative Reform 2016-2018, while at the same timethere will be immediate legislative initiatives to reduce bureaucracy and simplify procedures that the citizens face in their everyday lives, the application of compulsory electronic transfer of administrative documents, and the interconnection and interoperability of information systems of public administration and public sector organizations.