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ATHENS – Nobody said it would be easy, but if the coalition government can’t agree on the plans, public sector reform in Greece will be doomed to failure, leaving a future bankruptcy as the only other motivation for shrinking a bloated and ineffective bureaucracy.
PASOK’s attacks on the method of evaluation of civil servants and plans to remove 6,500 by the end of the year prompted counter-punches by Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
He told SKAI TV the government could not risk reneging on promises to its lenders.
“History teaches us that every time we have tried to renegotiate agreed targets we fell flat on our faces.” It was a reference to the emergency property tax Greece had to introduce in 2011 under current PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos tenure as finance minister.
PASOK fired back by accusing Mitsotakis of “trying to cover up his own mistakes.” Its spokesman said “The evaluation should happen but using the same method as in the past,” and PASOK warned that Mitsotakis’ plan will harm short-staffed departments .
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is backing Mitsotakis, however.
He believes Greece has no choice but to keep its promises to the troika, which is due back in Athens in September.
Samaras thinks a good showing then will open the door to discussions on debt relief and cutting taxes.
“The government is one entity and each minister has to leave behind the paradise of their own ministry and see the bigger picture…The implementation of the law is not voluntary. We have to all realize that the evaluation will proceed and that it has been approved by Parliament,” Mitsotakis told SKAI.

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