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Greece's General Secretariat for Public Revenue Becomes Independent in 2017

Euro_coins_and_banknotes_343737768Greece’s General Secretariat for Public Revenue will become independent as of 2017, free from state control and monitoring, and with a European Commission expert next to its governor.
According to a Kathimerini report citing a draft bill the newspaper has seen, an “Independent Authority for Public Revenue” will replace the general secretariat which is a state-controlled branch of the finance ministry now.
The new authority will be autonomous and its operations will be independent, free of state monitoring. It will have an administrative council, a governor and a European Commission expert, while the EC will appoint two officials of their own in the council.
According to Kathimerini, the bill states clearly that the governor, the council members and the expert, “during the execution of their duties, will be bound only by the law and their conscience and will not have to submit to any control from the hierarchy or administrative monitoring by government entities. The council enjoys personal and operational independence.”
The authority’s interaction with the finance minister would be limited to the minister submitting proposals and supply strategic guidelines regarding the planning for the implementation of government policy. “The proposals will not extend to organizational and operational matters of the authority,” the bill says.
The only person responsible for the authority’s personnel will be the governor, who will be able to promote, transfer staff or judge the sufficiency of its human resources. Article 5 states that “the minister is not able to submit to the authority any demands for the supply of information or to issue any binding directives for specific issues or cases.”
In case of a disagreement between the governor and the finance minister regarding taxation policy, the solution will be given by the governing council, the Kathimerini report concludes.

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