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Mitsotakis: 12,500 civil servants to be laid off by September

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The government expects to have completed the gradual layoff of 12,500 civil servants by the end of September, Administrative Reform and e-Governance Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told private Mega TV on Monday.

Mitsotakis said the ministries had responded to their commitment to the prime minister by turning their lists in on time. Under the process, civil servants leave work with pay, which is gradually reduced until they are formally laid off. The process is part of Greece's commitment to its troika of lenders to reduce staff in the public sector.

Mitsotakis said that by the end of July 4,200 staff had been placed on the programme and a decision had been made on the 3,000 municipal police, while the remaining staff will be placed on the programme by end September.

The minister also spoke about the so-called mobility process, part of the same commitment to changes in the civil sector, that transfers excess staff in one service to cover needs in another.

"In a first phase, nearly 2,000 civil servants have been transferred, and many of them are happier at their new positions compared to their old ones," he said.

Source: Athens News Agency

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