Greece finalises redeployment plan for thousands of civil servants
ATHENS (AFP) - Greece's government on Monday finalised a controversial redeployment scheme that will affect thousands of civil servants and is a condition for the country to receive fresh EU-IMF aid.
"We secured our final decisions, so that the country can be on schedule regarding the redeployment of 12,500 civil servants by the end of September," Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said after a ministerial meeting held under conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
Greece has pledged to redeploy 12,500 civil servants by the end of September and another 12,500 by the end of the year, in order to receive the next instalment of its rescue loans.
It has also agreed to axe 4,000 state jobs by the end of 2013, as part of cuts to public spending.