9 Νοέμβριος, 2016

"Reforms and Growth" ; An event organized in Brussels

To Potami

This event was organized by the Greek Citizens’ Initiative in Brussels, who are very anxious and concerned about the latest developments in Greece. The event aimed at pointing out the reforms required for the administrative modernization of the country and the improvement of the function of the judicial system, which are the conditions to tackle distortions in competition, and to attract investments and guarantee productivity in Greece. It is the first in a series of events planned within the next months.

An event, entitled “Reforms and Growth in Greece” was organized by the Greek Citizens’ Initiative in Brussels. Stavros Tsakirakis, Professor of Constitutional Law in the University of Athens, talked about the major problems of the judicial system in Greece, while Panagiotis Karkatsoulis, Secretaty of the Parliamentary Group of To Potami, talked about the administrative reform, as a constant battle against clientelism.

Mr Karkatsoulis, commenting on the administrative reform, pointed out that “Action Plans” must be the focal point. According to these plans, no public organization will be financed, unless it submits a specific action plan. Action plans will become the nucleus of the principal statute on administrative reform. Evaluation of the effectiveness of these structures, as well as staff evaluation are also predicted.

The multitude of laws, as well as the legislative complexity will be dealt with through the Amendment of the Parliament’s Regulations. Moreover, the quality of services will be evaluated by structures themselves, as well as citizens, in transparent procedures.

Mr Tsakirakis pointed out that the main problem with the Greek judicial system is not its quality, but the how slow distribution of justice is. There can be solutions like schemes of arrangement off court. Mr Tsakirakis pointed out that the main obstacle in Justice is the mentality of the involved parts. ]

Mr Tsakirakis stated that he is in favour of the constant evaluation of judges and the support of their activities by eminent legal advisors.

To Potami MEP Miltos Kyrkos also intervened in the event, stressing that when using the term “clientelism” To Potami is not actually referring to citizens, serving as customers of political parties, but to the administration, the structure of which require citizens or companies to become the clients, “buying” allegedly free services. Mr Kyrkos also pointed out that it takes a business plan, as well as people with deep knowledge of the problems to reform Public Administration. It also takes a governmental partner who will be determined enough to ask for the vote of citizens.

This event was organized by the Greek Citizens’ Initiative in Brussels, who are very anxious and concerned about the latest developments in Greece. The event aimed at pointing out the reforms required for the administrative modernization of the country and the improvement of the function of the judicial system, which are the conditions to tackle distortions in competition, and to attract investments and guarantee productivity in Greece. It is the first in a series of events planned within the next months.

Thanos Ramos and Kyriakos Revelas coordinated the event.