The tax bureau will activate its services to withhold wages from individuals identified as owing debts to the state, finance ministry officials said on Thursday. The measure will also be implemented against civil servants and pensions, according to a finance ministry circular, on the condition that owed amounts are not under 1,000 euros.

While the measure is not unprecedented, its implementation will be intensified, ministry sources said.

In a related development, the head of the union representing employees at the country's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), said 20 staff members have had a portion of their wages withheld for outstanding debts to the tax bureau.