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Ombudsman Says More Greeks Don’t Trust State Services

March 27, 2018

ATHENS – A report from Greece’s Ombudsman, who tries to broker solutions to problems, said there’s been a 29.6 percent increase in complaints about state services the last two years, under the reign of the Radical Left SYRIZA which reneged on anti-austerity promises.

The information was submitted on March 26 to Parliament Speaker Nikos Voutsis, a leading member of SYRIZA, and said there were 15,438 gripes filed by citizens in 2017, most about social security as the coalition government has continued to cut benefits, while town planning and zoning complaints were next.

Right behind those were people upset with refugees and migrants getting residence and social benefits and about primary and secondary education, which SYRIZA said is not a high priority for the party, which doesn’t believe in excellence.

Some 42 percent of mismanagement complaints involved state bodies which operate under public law (NPDD) – as opposed to private law (NPID) – while 17 percent of these concerned ministries.

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