“An instrumentalist and clientelist view of the state, neoliberal views supporting a smaller state, and the fact that the modernisation of public administration was never part of any comprehensive developmental strategy of the previous governments has prevented the modernisation of public administration,” government vice president Yiannis Dragasakis said on Friday in a conference entitled “Public Sector Reforms: Successes, Mistakes, Challenges.”
Dragasakis added that the quality of public administration directly and decisively affects the quality of both democracy and growth.
“Public administration is at the core of growth strategy, both as a subject for transforming society and as an object of transformation,” the minister explained.
The three levels of action for public administration, according to Dragasakis, are the strategy being implemented by the Administrative Reconstruction Ministry, the measures included in the National Development Strategy and the new institutional framework for sustainable and equitable development.
The operational programme “Public Sector Reform” is one of the sectoral programmes of the NSRF 2014-2020 with a total budget of 596.3 million euros and is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It seeks to make public administration consistent, well-coordinated, flexible, outward-looking and effective. The ultimate goal is to restore the state’s relations with the citizens and businesses so that Greek public administration is one of the main pillars for the country’s recovery.