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The inclusion of the Security Forces and the judges in the Legislation that determines the undertaking of work in the private sector by former state officials and some former employees of the Public and Wider Public Sector, was considered on Wednesday by the Parliamentary Committee on Institutions. >
While the current legislation refers to civil servants above level A13 and lower level officials, who may have privileged information, the Chairman of the Committee and DISY MP Dimitris Dimitriou, & nbsp; proposed to consider whether all levels of the Security Forces could be included in the amendment of the legislation. After a discussion with the Legal Service, he suggested that the possibility of including judges be considered.
AKEL MP Irini Charalambidou said there were many examples of former government officials colluding with private companies while employed in the public sector and then being hired by them. He gave as an example the employment by Altamira of the person who had prepared the contracts of the company, while he asked for information on the course of examination of the complaint submitted for Christis Loizidis, the former Executive Director of OKYPY, from the Employment Control Committee in Private Sector by Former Government Officials and Certain Former Civil Servants and the Wider Public Sector.
Alexandra Attalidou, Member of Parliament for the Ecologists 'Movement-Citizens' Cooperation, stated that transparency is one of the main pillars of democracy. “When we know what is happening, how decisions are made in the public sector, and whether they are subsequently related to private interests,” he said, “both citizens and lawmakers are in a better position to control the situation.” “We need to take safeguards to gain the trust of citizens in public officials,” he said.
in relation to their future employment, as something similar is happening to those employed in the European Institutions.
Independent MP Andreas Themistokleous noted that judges should be included in the legislation, while the institutional framework should be strengthened to include and control officials from A12 and below, if they have privileged information. He also asked to consider which services the employment should be limited to 2 years, requesting further identification of the sectors per case.
Speaking before the Commission on behalf of the Audit Committee of the applications made for exemption from the ban on employment after retirement, President Elena Zachariadou stated that there are criteria in the legislation for the Commission to decide whether it will be approved, conditionally approved or rejected. , exceptional employment in the first two years after the retirement of civil servants. Wider Public Sector, although already provided by Legislation.
He added that it would be good to include in the amendment of the legislation a reference for the persons employed by contract in high positions, such as the General Managers of the Wider Public Sector, so that there is no doubt that they should be controlled equally.
In addition, he stated that the Commission considers self-employment as employment in the private sector, while asking for clarifications on the contracts that the self-employed person will enter into with other companies, in order to check if there is a special relationship.
Asked Ms. Attalidou on how many requests the Commission has received since 2019, noted that it has received 52 requests to date.
Representatives of the Security are looking forward to the next meeting on the issue in two weeks, after considering the proposal for the inclusion of all levels of the Security Forces. .