The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party on Friday again raised the issue of new state agencies that have been created recently, calling on the government vice-presidents responsible to take a stand.
ND spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis accused government vice-president and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos of remaining silent despite the revelations and the continued expansion of the civil service which, for ND, corresponds to “sign of weakness and proof of guilt”.
Mihelakis asked the government to confirm whether 67 new general and special secretariats, legal entities and independent services have been established between October 2009 and June 2011, as well as, who and based on what criteria will be appointed to the new highly paid positions that are being created.
The ND spokesman also requested to be briefed on the overall economic impact on the public sector.
Mihelakis said that it is a provocation for people at a time when taxes were increased, wages were cut and, at the same time, new positions are being created to serve party cadres. He also called on the two government vice-presidents to give immediate concrete and well-documented responses to the questions raised.
Referring to the taxi owners’ decision to end their strike action, Mihelakis stressed that it was a “responsible” move, adding that they “displayed responsibility when faced with the government’s irresponsibility”.
ND accused Infrastructures, Transport and Networks Minister Yiannis Ragoussis of “intentionally provoking the chaos the country has experienced” for over half a month, stressing that he “did not hesitate to hurt tourism and the national economy for the sake of a personal vendetta with his predecessor and in order to distract the Greek people’s attention away from the deadlocks and painful government decisions.”