Visiting the interior ministry on Thursday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis underlined, among others, that the central goal of the government is to better serve the citizens with the best and highest quality services possible.
Referring to the evaluation of public-sector employees, he said that it was done more to reward rather than as a punishment.
“It is symbolic but also of the essence that the first bill we are called upon to vote, as a new parliament, concerns the lifting of all restrictions and making it possible for our fellow citizens who live abroad to participate in the national and European elections,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said.
“As you know, in order to pass this bill based on the Constitution, 200 deputies are needed. I believe that we will be able to achieve this increased majority, because it would be extremely strange for parties that supported this initiative when it was first presented, in the previous Parliament, to change their position at this moment,” he said. Mitsotakis also emphasised the special symbolic significance of the fact that the first bill voted on in the new Parliament concerns the full political integration of the Greek diaspora in the country’s electoral procedures.
The prime minister said that he is optimistic that the target of 200 MPs can be reached so that the new rules can take effect in the upcoming European elections.
He also said that the reform of the state is a central goal of the new government and will build on the very important initiatives implemented in the previous four years.
“We will work a lot on the issues that have to do with public-sector employees, who must know that they are evaluated primarily so that they can be rewarded for the work they do,” Mitsotakis said, reiterating the government’s commitment for the recruitment of 10,000 new employees in the healthcare sector that will be implemented immediately.
Kerameus: Vote for Greeks abroad ‘is above parties and factions’
Making it possible for Greeks abroad to vote from their place of residence is an “act of national responsibility”, Interior Minister Niki Kerameus said on Thursday, following a working meeting at the ministry with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
She announced that a draft bill that seeks to lift previous restrictions for Greeks that are on the electoral rolls and are permanently or temporarily living abroad will be unveiled for public consultation on Monday.
“We consider it an act of national responsibility, an act that is above parties and factions, to give a stronger voice to Greek citizens who live abroad,” she said.
She also reiterated that the government’s aim “is to provide a better and higher quality service to the citizens”, adding that this also meant “faster and more targeted hiring, goal setting, productivity bonuses, simplified procedures for the citizens and clarifying responsibilities between different levels of government, a new framework for local authorities, implementing the framework for companion animals, for civil society organisations and implementing hundreds of projects in Macedonia and Thrace.”