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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-08-23

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

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  • [01] Gov't: 150,000 civil servants to leave by 2015

  • [01] Gov't: 150,000 civil servants to leave by 2015

    AMNA--A target for the reduction of 150,000 employees or more in the core and wider public sector by 2015 was agreed upon by Finance Minister Yannis Stounaras and Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis, following a meeting on Wednesday on ways to effect cuts in state spending.

    Both ministers said such a target will be achieved mainly through a different "reserve labour" scheme, namely, retirement of employees to close to retirement age.

    "Let us not stay with the words that separate us, but with the procedures that unite us", the two ministers said, characteristically, after the meeting. It was clarified that evaluation of structures and public sector staff, along with a decrease in operational expenditures and costs aim at a more effective, smaller and better quality public sector.amna

    The savings will result from the difference between salary and average pension, the latter being a portion of the salary. According to senior officials of the two ministries, a target of 15,000 less employees in the public sector remains valid for the current year.

    Government officials stressed that everything is pending on approval by the EC-ECB-IMF troika, whose top representatives return to Athens on Sept. 5; a delegation of experts will arrive on Monday.


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