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Pledge to improve efficiency of civil service.


Alexis Pantelides

THE FINANCE ministry launched a plan yesterday to help modernise the civil service which it said would improve the efficiency of public administration.

In a speech on behalf of Finance Minister Kikis Kazamias, the ministry's permanent secretary, Christos Patsalides stressed the need for an efficient public administration in times of a financial crisis, to consolidate social cohesion and encourage development.

The reorganisation plan will seek to improve the public administration of the finance ministry's and its personnel unit (PAPU) and the labour ministry's labour unit.

The plan is co-financed by the government and the European Union, with the latter contributing 85 per cent of the costs.

It is expected to cost approximately 2.2 million euros and be completed by the first semester of 2014, while PAPU will be in charge of its completion.

According to PAPU, the plan's targets are the reorganisation, improvement and simplification of administrative procedures, the introduction of strategic planning and comparison methods with the civil service of other European member states and the introduction of a more accurate evaluation system for civil servants.

"Our strategic priorities of modernising public administration and enhancing its efficiency will strengthen the civil service in combating the challenges and exploiting the opportunities of EU membership," said Patsalides.

Proposed measures include several reorganisation studies for each department in question, the preparation and adoption of the ISO standards in the department of planning and an evaluation of the Citizen Service Centres in the civil service.

"Through these measures we hope to decrease the cost of public administration and speed up the procedures of the civil service by avoiding unnecessary tasks," said Patsalides, stressing that this would benefit both businesses and citizens.

It is also hoped that the plan will clamp down on inefficient bureaucratic procedures and will cultivate a different mentality and culture towards the functioning of the civil service in providing services to the public.

Despite the elaborate plan, the organisers said that there was no clear figure of how much the state would be able to save with the reorganisation.

"The plan is part of a number of initiatives taken by the state throughout the years to modernise the civil service, which will subsequently contribute to the increase of productivity, the attraction of investments and the creation of jobs," said Patsalides.

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Date:Dec 6, 2011
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