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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 27 September 2014
GREEK HEADLINES GREECE 10 SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2014 Page 12 Turks and Israelis flock to Thessaloniki Newly installed Attica gov- ernor Rena Dourou and 19 other Greek mayors are on a collision course with the government, refusing to co- operate in the evaluation of public servants employed in local government. The Attica Regional Council voted in favour of Dourou's proposal on this week that the authority should not pro- vide its employees' details to inspectors. This also applies to checks on fixed-term con- tracts that were made per- manent in 2006. The gov- ernment believes that many of these switches were ille- gal. Dourou, Attica's first fe- male governor, was adamant, though, that she would coop- erate with efforts to root out public sector workers who gained their jobs by using forged qualifications. "My position is crystal-clear: zero tolerance for the hold- ers of forged degrees," said Dourou, who blamed previous governments for such cases of corruption in the civil ser- vice. She added that she had already approved penalties for such cases which had been pending since March. She argued that the govern- ment's aim of deeming 15 per cent of civil servants who are evaluated as not being up to scratch is illegal and not a genuine effort to assess the performance of public sec- tor staff. "This evaluation and its quo- tas are illegal and unconstitu- tional," she said, citing court decisions. "The most legal thing I have done in my 40 years is to order the evalu- ation at the Attica Regional Authority not to happen." In the meantime, Adminis- trative Reform Minister Kyri- akos Mitsotakis on Thursday forwarded to Supreme Court prosecutor Efterpi Koutzam- ani the details of five mayors who have refused to provide the government with data for the evaluation of civil serv- ants. Mitsotakis forwarded to Koutzamani the files relat- ing to the municipalities of Halandri, Zografou, Larissa, Nikaia and Patra, where of- ficials have obstructed pub- lic administration inspectors from entering to obtain the data that municipal officials have refused to submit. The mayors of Athens, Thessa- loniki, Piraeus, Aspropyrgos and Rethymno, on the other hand, have cooperated with state inspectors. "We cannot selectively en- force the law. The inspectors did their best to come to an understanding with the in- spected organisations, but some people seem to be re- fusing the obvious, which is the monitoring of law en- forcement," Mitsotakis said. "It's now up to the judges," he concluded. Another 19 mayors, most of them affiliated with main opposition left wing party SYRIZA, have suggested they intend to boycott the checks. Reacting to criticism from the opposition, the govern- ment on Thursday indicated it plans to review a contro- versial fixed 15 per cent quo- ta on civil servants due to be laid off as substandard. "The quota should have no place in the evaluation scheme," Mitsotakis' deputy Evi Christofilopoulou said. In a related development, the City of Athens on Thursday presented the results of an internal inspection to detect employees that have been hired on the basis of forged certificates. Mayor Giorgos Kaminis mentioned that 63 such workers have been de- tected, of whom 35 have al- ready been fired. Source: ekathimerini Mayors block public servants evaluation Governor of Attica Rena Dourou claims employees evaluation law is flawed. Administrative reform minister turns to Supreme Court to defend the measure Athens could have a new met- ro line running from Goudi to Galatsi via the city centre by 2023, it was revealed this week, as the government said it would launch a tender for the 1.2-billion-euro project in the fall of 2015. "In the gloom of the eco- nomic crisis this project had been forgotten because no- body believed it could hap- pen," said Infrastructure Min- ister Michalis Chrysochoidis, who unveiled the plans. "We have pulled the plan out of the drawers. Now we will try to make up for lost time." According to the timeline presented, the remaining studies will be carried out over the next few months be- fore construction firms are in- vited to submit bids next fall. The government is expected to announce the winning bid a year later. The construc- tion of the 12.5-kilometre line (Line 4, or the U Line due to its shape) is due to take seven years. Chrysochoidis said the Euro- pean Investment Bank's (EIB) recent decision to help fund the project had made it pos- sible. "The EIB knows it can trust us," said the minister. The lender is providing 800 million euros of the funding needed. The rest will come from the European Union and national coffers. The line, running from east- ern Athens through the cen- tre and up toward the north- ern suburbs, will have 14 sta- tions, including Alsos Veikou, Galatsi, Kypseli, Alexandras Avenue, Exarchia, Kolona- ki, Kaisariani, Zografou and Goudi. It is estimated that 220,000 passengers will use Line 4 every day. The construction of the new line will be made easier by the fact that it will be com- pletely separate from exist- ing lines, even though it will intersect with them. This means the existing lines will not have to be closed during construction, while much of the equipment used on Line 4 will not have to be compat- ible with the other lines. Of- ficials also said that the con- struction of a metro station on Academias Street in cen- tral Athens would not affect traffic. The project is expected to create 3,500 jobs, although not for train drivers. The trains that will be used on the new line will be driver- less and glass barriers and doors will be installed on station platforms. The possi- bility of constructing parking garages at stations is under discussion, officials said. Attiko Metro, the compa- ny responsible for oversee- ing the construction project, said that it would work with municipalities to make the best use of the public spaces where the new stations will be created. Source: ekathimerini Athens to get new metro line Greek Infrastructure Minister Micha- lis Chrysochoidis. Construction firms will be invited to submit bids next fall Boutaris shortlisted for best mayor Thessaloniki mayor Yian- nis Boutaris is among 26 mayors shortlisted for the World Mayor Prize 2014 bestowed by the independ- ent City Mayors Founda- tion. The foundation awards the prize every two years to mayors making out- standing contributions to their communities. The prize was established in 2004 with Edi Rama, then mayor of Tirana, Albania, earning the first award. Greece's Dora Bakoyian- nis, former Athens Mayor, won the award the follow- ing year. Besides Boutaris, the mayors of Calgary, Lampe- dusa, Izmir, Liverpool, Bordeaux, Houston, Seoul and Sydney, among oth- ers, are competing for the prize this year. The winner will be deter- mined through public on- line voting that concludes in October. Source: ekathimerini “1.1 million corrections for the property tax and a new ENFIA next year,” writes Ta Nea. “Samaras had a frank discussion with Merkel,” says H Kathimerini. “Positive feedback from Merkel,” declares Imerisia. “The seven thorns in the contacts with troika,” says H Naftemporiki.
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