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Greece: Administrative Reform

The dozens of official agencies and government-subsidized bodies running public affairs in Greece have for decades been a burden on the state budget as well as having a reputation for cronyism. Many of them have now been shut down - officially, at least.

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Top of the list are youth welfare organizations, with many having been declared pointless and others being merged. One such organization is the national center for gold and silversmithing. Staffthere have been sent home without pay. The government designates them as necessary public sector layoffs - but as former employees take their case to court, it remains unclear whether such agencies have actually been closed at all.