PM's office to get permanent cooridination team

Acting on the recommendations of French advisers as well as other experts, Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is overseeing the creation of a permanent team that will be responsible for coordinating the actions of future governments.

Sources said that Greece is hoping to create a unit made up of permanent staff rather than advisers that are picked based on their personal relationship with each premier and who change each time the prime minister or government changes.

Sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini that Prime Minister Lucas Papademos raised the issue with his ministers on Thursday. Athens is being advised on the overhaul of its public administration by French experts who have been brought to Greece by the European Union Task Force. However, a number of other experts, including those from the OECD and McKinsey consultants, have identified the lack of a permanent coordinating body as a key weakness.

Greece has committed to address this problem as part of its new bailout. A list of candidates to staff this team, which will be made up of less than 10 people, is currently being drawn up and the final selection is due to be made by the end of the month.

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