Broadcasting minister’s office to cost €451,250 a year
Office of the deputy minister for public broadcasting, Pantelis Kapsis, will cost the taxpayer €451,250 a year, under a decision signed by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras
The office of the deputy minister for public broadcasting will cost the taxpayer €451,250 a year, according to a decision signed by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
The minister, Pantelis Kapsis, was appointed in the June government reshuffle to the post, in order to oversee the winding down of the state broadcaster ERT and its replacement by a new station.
In a decision published in the government gazette (FEK B 1994/2013) on August 14, Kapsis’ office will receive €225,625 from the state budget for 2013 and €451,250 from 2014.
The decision was signed on 12 August by Samaras and the alternate finance minister, Christos Staikouras.
The order allows Kapsis to hire 20 employees to his office: ten on temporary contracts, five as special advisers, and the remainder seconded from the civil service, which the government and troika have repeatedly maligned as “bloated”.
However, after the details of the decision were reported in the media on Thursday, Kapsis issued a statement claiming that the staffing numbers are standard for all ministers and deputy ministers.
He said he would not be hiring 20 staff.
“These hirings have not taken place and will not take place. Apart from four secretaries, my office employs five special advisers,” he said.
Last month, Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos awarded himself a second office and twenty additional staff, in order to fulfil his role as deputy prime minister, at a cost of €468,706 a year to the taxpayer.
The issue of the government gazette announcing the decision