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Thus, President Anastasiadis illegally made his colleagues permanent

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Thus, President Anastasiadis illegally made his colleagues permanent

Auditor General Odysseas Michailidis in his letter today to the deputies of the Audit and Finance Committee calls on them to legislate in order to end the illegal permanent tenure in the public service of President Anastasiadis's associates. One is the brother-in-law of President Anastasiadis, his second personal collaborator while the other two were his special secretaries at DISY and he took them with him to the Presidential Palace. He also gave them brave increases.

The intervention of the Parliament was requested in today's letter by the Auditor General Odysseas Michailidis in order to remove by law the illegal permanent tenure in the public office of the four associates of President Anastasiadis, who were illegally converted into indefinite employees. And in fact with brave increases in the salaries they receive. With the Auditor General directly blaming President Anastasiadis and the Undersecretary for these illegal appointments in the public sector, in addition to President Vassilis Palmas. In his letter, Odysseas Michailidis does not name the four associates of President Anastasiadis and confines himself to mentioning that one colleague is a nephew of President Anastasiadis while the other three worked at DISY, two of whom were acting D was Nikos Anastasiadis. In short, the half-sister, a close associate and the two private secretaries of President Anastasiadis were legalized.

Why illegal

As the Auditor General states in his letter to the Members of the Audit and Finance Committee, instead of terminating the contract of the four associates and renewing it year after year, “the Presidency illegally retained the then serving advisers of the President, including the four mentioned consultants as employees under the previous regime. That is, based on the terms of their appointment, the President of the Republic had the absolute right to terminate, whenever he wished, the appointment of these persons, and he could do so in order to then conclude the standard contract with these persons (p. .p. annual contract) which was explicitly provided for in the budget law, however, these persons remained as employees under the terms of the 2013 appointment “. With Odysseas Michailidis pointing out, at the same time, the following in his letter: “This means that for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018 (part) these four persons received compensation from the budget line intended for the advisers of the President of the Republic in express violation of the relevant provision of the budget law as to the conditions to be observed. According to the budget law, the responsibility for this omission lies with the respective Undersecretary in spite of the President. Regardless of the above omission of the Presidency, and the further suspicion it creates, these persons were from 2013 and always full time employees for whom the employer was the Republic which paid for them contributions to the Social Insurance Fund. Their employment contract was from the beginning a fixed-term contract, since it was explicitly in it (both from 2016 and in the Budget Law) that it was recorded that their appointment would end at the latest with the end of the term of office of the President of the Republic “. With the Auditor General complaining, in addition, the following: that is, the employment of these persons fell into the category of employed persons. However, the Director of Social Security has no authority to change the employment status, from fixed to indefinite, nor has he done so. His only power is to give an opinion on the employment status of a person, ie whether he provides services under the status of an employee or under the status of service provider (as a self-employed person). After that, the Presidency illegally decided to transform the employment status of the four consultants into permanent employees and informed the Director of the Department of Public Administration and Personnel about it, asking for her views on the issue of their salary placement “.

Salaries from € 2,000 and up

Based on the payroll of employees reported to the Social Security Fund, the monthly earnings of these four persons (which include fixed benefits) have evolved over time as follows: the second advisor started with € 2,041 and reached € 2,771 while the other two, who act as special secretaries of President Anastasiadis, started with € 2,265 and reached € 2,580. Even in the period up to 31 December 2016 when salaries throughout the public sector were legally stable (on ice) the consultants in question received significant increases.

Letter from the Auditor General

Source: politis.com.cy

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