Following a relevant proposal of the Special Secretary and the respective legislative initiative by the Minister of National Defence, Law 4598/19 (Government Gazette 36/A/2019) has been adopted and published, in accordance with article 20 of which, the following provisions of the Civil Servants’ Code are being amended:
1. A subparagraph is added to article 85 of the Civil Servants’ Code as follows:
“Specifically for the selection of Heads of Organisational Units of the Ministry of National Defence, the training provided by the Armed Forces’ Military School of Computer Programming is credited with ten (10) marks for each training seminar up to a maximum of forty (40) marks”.
The above amendment to the Civil Servants’ Code is the result of a broader planning of the Integrated Administrative Sector, which was initiated on the initiative of the Special Secretary and aims at creating a training network for Civilian Employees within the MoD. The key pillar of the above action is the Military School of Computer Programming, whose role is being upgraded as regards training of Civilian Employees. Training at the above School will take place both via e-learning programmes and through training programmes requiring physical presence. In order to attain the above objective, the Integrated Administrative Sector cooperates with Expertise France (being the Technical Assistance that Greece has received for the Reform of the Public Sector), in order to create e-learning programmes that would aim at covering a wide range of training needs and would provide the opportunity to employees serving at Units – Services outside the limits of the Attika district to get trained. These are “pilot” actions for the Greek Public Sector and are intended to be also implemented in other Entities of the Greek Public Sector.
2. Article 86 of the Civil Servants’ Code is being amended as follows:
a) A subparagraph is added to case d of paragraph 1 as follows:
“Specifically for the selection of Heads of MoD’s General Directorates, if there is no Secretary General, the Ministry’s Special Secretary who is in charge of the services of the Integrated Administrative Sector shall be appointed as member”.
The above arrangement is considered necessary for the establishment and operation of the Special Heads’ Selection Board that will proceed to the selection of the Deputy Head of the Hellenic National Meteorological Service (EMY); being a position of responsibility, which – in accordance with article 35 of P.D. 79/18 on the “Organisation of Civilian Personnel of the Ministry of National Defense” is filled under the provisions of par. 1 of article 86 of Law 3528/2007. It should be noted that the above arrangement would not apply to the Ministry of National Defence, due to lack of a Secretary General at the Ministry.
b) Case b of par. 6A is being replaced as follows:
“b) The head of the Directorate of Civilian Personnel of any General Staff, each for the implementation of the selection procedure for heads of another General Staff (Army, Navy or Air Force), following a public drawing”.
This arrangement excludes the participation of the same person as a member of the Heads’ Selection Board and as a candidate in the selection procedure for heads of all General Staffs’ organisational units. For the sake of transparency, the determination of the General Staff takes place by public drawing.
By virtue of the above provisions, the institutional framework for the initiation of the procedure for the selection of Heads of Organisational Units of the Ministry of National Defence is being supplemented and strengthened, as these (the provisions) were determined in the recently adopted Organisation of Civilian Personnel (P.D. 79/18). It involves an undertaking that forms part of the Government’s Strategy on Administrative Reform, which is governed by the principles of meritocracy, transparency, impartiality and optimum management of the public sector’s human resources.
Besides, the Administrative Reform at the Ministry of National Defence has been a long-standing request of the Ministry’s Civilian Personnel and an objective – vision of the Special Secretary, as this is planned and implemented for the past three years, through respective actions (for instance, the adoption of the Organisation of Civilian Personnel, the preparation of Specific Employment Frameworks, the drawing up of a Digital Organisational Chart, the planning of training policy).