"Transparency everywhere and for everyone. There is no politician, that is above the law ", stressed the Minister of Interior, K. Takis Theodorikakos, in an interview, in the main bulletin of ERT1, with Chryssa Papastavrou, Asked about the revelations surrounding Folli Follie.
«There is no politician, no public figure, which is beyond control. One principle applies: transparency everywhere, for everyone and for everything. So every case, which comes to light and raises issues and questions, should be investigated, fully" stated characteristically.
Asked about the issue of the pandemic, The Minister of Interior called on the citizens to discipline the measures, if we want to celebrate his next Christmas freely 2021. As he said, he will spend the holidays alone with his family, emphasizing, that the start of vaccination does not mean the end of the coronavirus, as we are in the middle of the battle. Call, also, mayors to set a good example in both,as regards the implementation of the measures as well as the vaccination.
Mr.. Theodorikakos reminded that the government has supported and continues to support local communities in a significant way, during the pandemic period, through the strengthening of the "Help at Home" program. Alongside, extraordinary funding was provided, over 550 million. euro, to the Local Government, in order to cover the missing revenue from the non-collection of fees, since by decision of the Ministry of Interior professionals and companies are exempted from paying municipal fees for the duration of the quarantine.
"As Minister of the Interior, I have signed many decisions of financial support of the Local Government, especially in areas that have been affected much more by the coronavirus and there is ongoing cooperation, checks by the Municipal Police - where it exists- and institutional framework, which enables the Municipalities to utilize the rest of their staff ", underlined Mr.. Theodorikakos.
Asked about the reform in way of recruitment in the State and in ASEP, he said that through the changes new opportunities are given to the new generation, meritocracy is strengthened and the procedures in the way of recruitment are accelerated through the digitization of ASEP.
As he noted, the bill will be voted on as soon as the Parliament opens, after the holidays, adding that he did not see significant differences between the parties' positions on the Committees.
"It's a very important change, where gives new and great opportunities, especially to the younger generation. We practice meritocracy in the recruitment system in the Greek State. We are upgrading, reorganize, we are modernizing and further digitizing ASEP, so that the procedures are all done quickly, without bothering people, without time delay. Βλέπω πολύ σοβαρές δυνατότητες συγκλίσεων με τις άλλες πολιτικές δυνάμεις. In essence, I do not see any serious differences on this issue. We continue, in a reform that took place before 25 years and we bring it to the current context ", said the minister.
Subsequently, described the tender procedure to be followed in the new ASEP. "The process is: written knowledge and professional skills competition. The method will be, mainly, through questions, with multiple answers, όπου οι ερωτώμενοι-εξεταζόμενοι θα επιλέγουν ποια είναι η σωστή.
Their success in the written competition will be the sole criterion, while there will be a bonus to those who have a master's degree or doctoral dissertation, related to the position they are called to serve.
Η έννοια του ψυχομετρικού τεστ -εξετάζεται η ψυχολογική πλευρά των ερωτώμενων- concerns only in cases, that the profession, the position they are called to serve in the State, has to do with life insurance ", citing as a typical example, that of the guard in a penitentiary.
On the issue of legislation, concerning debts to the Municipalities, Mr.. Theodorikakos clarified, that the bill passed on Monday (21/12) concerned issues that arose during the crisis and in particular the provision that passed, to certified debts from 15 February 2020 and from there.
«The government's priority is to support all people, who need support. The specific bill, concerns the period of the pandemic and the settlement to the people whose debts were confirmed, from the 15 February, that is,, we go a few weeks back to when the first quarantine started. Ever since the problem with the coronavirus pandemic began, until the end of the year. For all these citizens, who during this period have been affected by the coronavirus and have been assured of debts to the Municipalities, let them go and set them to 100 doses", stressed Mr.. Theodorikakos.