“Staff state means that the central state should devise a strategy, and the various other issues of the administration should be reduced to lower levels of administration, so that the strategy is left to the central state,” said Interior Minister Makis Voridis, during the presentation of the book of the president of EKDDA, Paraskevi Dramalioti, entitled “Staff State, regulatory cohesion and coordination in the center of government”.
Mr. Voridis described as “cosmogony” the effort for training of public administration executives, through the programs implemented by the government, noting that “these programs will offer added value”.
Among other things, Mr. Voridis stated that a plan has recently been submitted, so that the competent ministry and the government can undertake work for the training of Albanian civil servants, in cooperation with the French and German School of Public Administration, but also for participation. of Greek government officials in training programs in collaboration with Harvard.
“It is a cosmogony, a spectacular change and this is certainly credited to the hard effort of Mrs. Dramalioti,” he said.
The Minister of Interior said that these changes bring, among other things, the publication of the reports of each ministry on the internet, so that the citizen is aware of what has been done, but also that there is information about the strategic planning for next year.
“Now, the National Action Plans are prepared in this way, so that they are accessible to the general public, but also for the opposition to be able to monitor them and control the government on the basis of its commitments. “This is a complete picture that creates an accountability,” the minister noted.
At the same time, Mr. Voridis referred to the Secretariat of Coordination, an initiative that aims to address and provide solutions to issues of public administration that have complexity, but also complex administrative functions and actions.
Among other things, speaking about the role of the staff state, he referred to the effort to address the problems related to the involvement of the minister to date, for the settlement and signing of individual administrative acts.
“Any citizen who had any request within the ministry, had to reach the top of the administrative hierarchy and sign,” the minister said, adding: “As a minister, I once ended up signing money orders of 20 euros. So if a minister deals with individual problems all day, he does not work. He is not given the opportunity to formulate policies and strategies, but also to see beyond the everyday, in order to be able to shape this daily life with central policies. “So all this history in the staff state, ‘leaves’ the minister and goes to the service secretary, who is a civil servant who is in charge of the administrative hierarchy of the ministry.”
Finally, the minister referred to the need for the public administration to gain speed, while referring to the new challenges that the public administration has to face in the future.
Mr. Voridis spoke about the future of the rapid digitization of the world, but also of the change of productive data and relations, noting the need for the public administration to follow the current trend, where “the private economy is running at a rapid pace, utilizing technology and changing the world. “
“Will this be possible? “If this is not done, then the private economy will run and the public administrations will not play their regulatory role, nor will they cope with the speeds, so they will be perceived as weights, creating socio-political tensions,” the minister said characteristically.
For his part, the governor of Thessaly, Costas Agorastos, said that the book is relevant, while referring to the need to create regional governance and the assignment of more responsibilities to the Regions. As he stressed, the state must act faster in order to offer better services to the citizen.
The author, Ms. Dramalioti, spoke about the effort being made to upgrade the Center for Public Administration and the training of public sector staff. Speaking about the book, he said that “it is a long-term research effort to improve coordination with a strong center of government and a strong staff state.”
“I think there is a lot of improvement. The center of government is being organized, the services of the prime minister are becoming more and more technocratic. “And the key to the case is a stronger and more well-trained public administration.”