New Government kickstarts Greece, outlining priorities

New Government kickstarts Greece, outlining priorities

Following the New Democracy Party’s landslide victory, on Sunday, 7th July 2019, Greece’s new Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, appointed his cabinet, the following day, who are tasked to rebuild Greece (http://www.ekathimerini.com/242156/article/ekathimerini/news/restarting-greeces-economy-nds-first-priority-mitsotakis-tells-afp).

The new cabinet had its first meeting under the new Prime Minister, on Wednesday, 10th July, whereby Mr. Mitsotakis expressed his confidence in the capabilities of his conservative administration, as he outlined 12 key priorities and set out the objective of refashioning the country’s model of governance (http://www.ekathimerini.com/242418/article/ekathimerini/news/work-has-already-begun-new-pm-says-as-he-sets-out-12-key-priorities).

These priorities include achieving strong economic growth with more investments and better jobs; bolstering real estate values; ramping up security; and enhancing social solidarity (http://www.ekathimerini.com/242451/article/ekathimerini/news/new-governance-model-unveiled).

The other key priorities are improving health and education standards; updating labor relations; protecting the environment; rejuvenating Greece’s middle class; and easing bureaucracy through digital technology.

Regarding digital technology, the Minister of Digital Policy, Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis, stated, “We are going full-on digital”, while declaring a “war on bureaucracy”. He further declared that “the digital transformation of the state is a basic priority of both the new government and the new prime minister personally” (https://neoskosmos.com/en/140963/new-greek-ministers-outlined-goals-from-rebuilding-country-to-vote-for-greeks-abroad/).

In order to achieve and realise the above-mentioned goals and priorities, a new model of governance was presented to the cabinet, which is based on models used by the German Chancellery and British cabinet office, which also provides for the monitoring and evaluation of the government’s efficiency and effectiveness.

It should be noted that the new model entails a central information system linking the government with ministers and ministry general secretaries.

Mr. Mitsotakis said a first bill regarding the state’s executive process will be submitted to Parliament on 24th July, while a second bill designed to reduce taxes should be expected a week later (http://www.ekathimerini.com/242418/article/ekathimerini/news/work-has-already-begun-new-pm-says-as-he-sets-out-12-key-priorities) (https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2019/07/10/world/europe/10reuters-greece-election-cabinet.html?partner=IFTTT).

It is important to note that amongst the key posts that were appointed in the Prime Minister’s cabinet, are Mr. Panagiotis Pikrammenos, who was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, as well as prominent New Democracy lawmaker Mr. Nikos Dendias was given the key role of Foreign Minister, while Mr. Christos Staikouras was appointed Finance Minister (http://www.ekathimerini.com/242349/article/ekathimerini/news/mitsotakis-appoints-his-cabinet).

In closing, the Prime Minister affirmed, “We won the battle of ideas with our policy program for a better Greece. Now it is time to unite all Greeks behind a shared vision… as of today, we are demonstrating in practice that we are ready. Work has already begun”.