Mitsotakis on lack of transparency and corruption with no mention of the police-crackdown orgy

Mitsotakis on lack of transparency and corruption with no mention of the police-crackdown orgy

Bureaucracy, lack of transparency, as well as corruption constitute national-level obstacles for growth and pitfalls on the path of the 21st-century Greece, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated in a conference on “Technology for Transparency”, without mentioning at all the orgy of police crackdown or the cases of violation of individual freedoms recorded in recent days.

Referring to his government’s policy, he focused on the establishment of the National Transparency Authority, which unites six independent and decoupled, up to this point, services, which however have a similar scope and their actions “will be methodically developed by a common nucleus, and will also be supported by privatized operators, in order for their effectiveness to be elevated”.

He referred to the role of technology and the digital transformation of the state promoted by the leadership of the Ministry of Digital Reform: “… the legislation on compulsory electronic filing from January 1, 2021. Any court ruling could be now monitored online. Tax authorities are now horizontally connected with each other but also with the banks, as electronic transactions expand. This limits the scope of economic crime. Whereas, on a different level, the new-type Identities will clear out bureaucracy across the spectrum of contacts with the state. And of course, the National Cyber ​​Security Authority will function as an umbrella for all these initiatives. It will classify critical national infrastructures into a special category of protection. Moreover, it will also monitor daily compliance with the European Network and Information Systems Security Directive. ”

Ignoring the orgy of police crackdown that is moving in the exact opposite direction from what Mr. Mitsotakis was professing, he concluded by stating: “Less corruption and more transparency is primarily a matter of culture that is cultivated only through the re-legitimization of state and its instruments. That is why I am sure that, soon, the political example we are setting will mobilize the whole society. Citizens’ trust in the state will be restored, once they realize that it works in their benefit. When it produces work for the benefit of all. They will regain their respect for the institutions when they find that they are serving them well. When they justify their role as joints of society”. /ibna