The Call for Innovative and Open Government

An Overview of Country Initiatives

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This report presents an overview of country initiatives concerning efficient, effective public services and open and innovative government. It focuses on four core issues:  delivery of public services in times of fiscal consolidation; a more effective and performance-oriented public service; promotion of open and transparent government; and strategies for implementation of a reform agenda.  These issues were discussed at the OECD Public Governance Ministerial Meeting held in Venice, Italy, in November 2010, hosted by the Italian Ministry for Public Administration and Innovation.




Greece’s financial situation calls for a bold fiscal consolidation, through cutting costs in the public sector. In fact, Greece has made a serious reduction in government spending through the general suspension of permanent personnel appointments for 2010, the introduction of the 5-to-1 replacement rule, the additional reduction by 30% of personnel under limited period contractual agreements in relation to 2009 and salary cost reductions (i.e. 12% allowances reduction, reduction/elimination of 13th and 14th wage payment, abolition/reduction of committees’ remuneration and overtime compensation) as well as a reduction in operating costs.


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