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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-02

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM holds meeting on cutting the cost of red tape

  • [01] PM holds meeting on cutting the cost of red tape

    Reducing administrative burdens and the cost of bureaucracy and was the focus of a meeting on Friday between Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis and Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

    In statements after the meeting, Pavlopoulos stressed that this was this was the first time in Greece that there was a special operational plan included in the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) for administrative reforms, which would pivot mainly around cutting back red tape.

    "Under PASOK governments, all these things were unknown and had been left to their fate," he added.

    The minister said that meetings like the one held on Friday would occur frequently from now on, since this was a priority area for the government and there were areas of joint responsibility between the interior and finance ministries, now that the latter had acquired its own operational plan. With the start of the new programme now beginning, there was a need to quickly push through issues touching on both public administration and the economy, he pointed out.

    Alogoskoufis said that dealing with bureaucracy was an issue of immense importance for the general public and the economy. He stressed that, according to a report by the European Commission, the cost of bureaucracy in Greece was greater than the average for all European Union countries and, especially for businesses, exceeded 6.5 percent of GDP.

    The finance and interior ministry have jointly undertaken an initiative to cut down bureaucracy for businesses and the general public, he added. Karamanlis-Garganas meeting Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met with Bank of Greece Governor Nikolaos Garganas at Maximos Mansion, the government headquarters in Athens. In the meeting held Friday morning, Garganas announced that he will leave his post as the bank's Governor when his tenure ends on June 14, pointing out that he has served a total of 12 years in the Bank of Greece, as Deputy Governor (Sept. 5, 1996 - June 13, 2002) and as Governor since June 2002.

    Garganas stated that he was first appointed to a Bank of Greece senior executive post 33 years ago in January 1975 by the then Bank of Greece Governor, the late Xenophon Zolotas.

    Caption: Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis (left) and Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos (right) descend the steps of Maximos Mansion where the prime minister's offices are based after a joint meeting with Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to discuss ways of reducing bureaucracy and reducing the cost of red tape on Friday. ANA-MPA - M. Marogianni


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