Paperless Chase: Mitsotakis Would Create Digital Reform Ministry

FILE - ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his meeting with the members of his shadow cabinet on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yorgos Kontarinis)

ATHENS – Anyone who’s been in a Greek civil service office can see filing systems that often include piling documents in boxes, on floors, on top of filing cabinets and sometimes in shopping carts, so major rival New Democracy chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he wants to bring the bureaucracy into the 21st Century by going digital.

Mitsotakis, who had been Administrative Reform Minister in a previous New Democracy-led coalition government, said he wants to modernize the state with Greece still lagging in many IT areas.

“Greece’s digital reform is a prerequisite for growth. We are lagging behind in this area. That is why we will create a Ministry of Digital Reform that will report directly to me, in order to ensure the horizontal and full implementation of the reform,” he said following a meeting with the head of the European People’s Party Manfred Weber in Athens.

Mitsotakis said the jobs the country needs cannot be created with state subsidies or government contracts, but through entrepreneurship, innovation and investments.

Weber, a German politician who is running for the Presidency of the European Commission, was presenting his five-year economic plan for the bloc, which includes measures to create five million jobs.

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