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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 06:39

PROMULGATION OF A NEW PRESIDENTIAL DECREE "Ministry of National Defence Civilian Personnel Regulation"

PROMULGATION OF A NEW PRESIDENTIAL DECREE "Ministry of National Defence Civilian Personnel Regulation"

The Special Secretary of the Ministry of National Defence is glad to announce the promulgation in the Government Gazette of P.D. 79/2018 "Ministry of National Defence Civilian Personnel Regulation" (GG A 148/10.08.2018). The adoption of a Ministry of National Defence Civilian Personnel Regulation marks the successful completion of a venture that has been for years a recurrent demand of the Ministry's permanent civilian personnel.

It also marks the transition of the Ministry of National Defence to a new administrative era, since it constitutes the tool for the implementation of all the actions included in the National Strategy for Administrative Reform, 2017-2019, which has been prepared and started being implemented in our country, aiming at reforming Public Administration in order to render the state effective, transparent, and meritocratic, something that constitutes a permanent social request.

More specifically, with the adoption of the new Civilian Personnel Regulation after sixteen years, the Ministry of National Defence can participate, as a reception entity, in the Unified Mobility System, a process that can lead, through targeted secondments/transfers, to the quantitative and qualitative reinforcement of the Ministry's staff, which has been greatly reduced during the past years. A requirement for participation in the Unified Mobility System is the preparation of the Digital Organisation Chart, which will include the Special Job Outlines corresponding to the needs for secondments/transfers. It should be mentioned that 13,912 Special Job Outlines have already been prepared, corresponding to the organic positions of Ministry of National Defence permanent personnel.

The transitional period of temporary assignments of employees to management positions at Director, Deputy Director, and Section Chief level, will be followed from autumn 2018 by the implementation of the new manager selection system, which aims at the de-politicisation of public administration, since it is fully based on the principles of transparency and meritocracy: there will be new criteria and procedures for the selection of managers with increased weighting of qualifications, such as the structured interview procedure, as well as the establishment of Manager Selection Boards, consisting of managers of great authority, experience, and qualifications.

The new Regulation is also a valuable and essential tool to shape and implement the policy that needs to be applied in order to recruit the personnel required by the Ministry of National Defence through fully targeted programming and planning.

In conclusion, it is stressed that the adoption of this regulatory text is actual proof of the strong will of the Ministry of National Defence's political and military leadership both to include the Ministry in the venture currently underway to reform public administration in our country in order to quantitatively and qualitatively upgrade the Armed Forces' civilian personnel.

The promulgation of this P.D. would not have been possible without the decisive contribution of the employees of the Unified Administrative Sector of the Ministry of National Defence and, in particular, the Head of the Sector's Directorate for the Coordination and Management of Civilian Personnel