Troika Demands All Greek Tax Collectors Be Fired

Usually the Troika is held responsible for all things evil in Europe, but as Die Welt notes, the latest demand that all senior officials at the Ministry of Finance (including all current Greek tax inspectors) be fired by Friday (over corruption and incompetence concerns) has been greeted more positively by many. "The Troika is the only hope to purge this country of the gangs that plunder it - the ONLY hope!" is how one Skai TV commentator summed up the move, adding that "it would be nice if we could read one day that all presiding judges are dismissed." The plan to "collect record amounts of money in record time" involves the interviewing of 2235 new tax investigators (with no written exam!) who will be judged on how much money they bring in (with minimum quotas) and maximum tenure of one year before re-applying. The new plan is likened to 'medieval tax collectors' and the tax-collectors union, unsurprisingly upset at this new plan, added that the Troika never had to face "a destitute pensioner who cannot pay his tax bill." With rumors of government resignation and re-election, the external pressure and internal strife are coming to a head rapidly.

Meanwhile - GGBs are at record highs post-PSI...


Via Die Welt (and Google Translate):

The Greek government wants to fight on reforming its financial management, corruption and take more money. All senior officials in the Ministry of Finance, in tax and customs authority and the Economic Crime Authority SDOE should - be fired immediately and replaced with new forces, which in turn can give no hope to keep their jobs for more than three years - - from director upward likely three months.


All tax inspectors have to go to on Friday evening submitted draft law requires, to replace it, should be in a high speed and partially adjusted without the written examination or even job interview 2335 new tax investigators whose work order can be follow paraphrased in record time collect record amounts of money, or immediately dismissed be.


More than three years no one can remain


Every three months, be subjected to a new tax official performance test: Do they have enough money driven? You are minimum amounts required when they do not achieve this, they immediately lose their jobs. To help them, the bullying of tax evaders, to the procedural rules to be tightened in the forcible collection of tax debts and simplified.


For the new financial officer office is limited to one year, renewable twice. In other words, more than three years no one can remain, but the probability is high that you will be fired after just three months. This is to ensure not only that the tax revenues to rise dramatically, but also prevented that "settle" and officials have often succumb to the temptations of the usual systematic corruption.


The danger is, however, doubtful that qualified "disposable officials" produced whose healing almost like medieval tax collectors it depends how much money they squeeze out of the people, no matter how ruthless methods.


According to the newspaper "Ethnos" comes from the idea of the troika of international donors in Greece (European Commission, International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank) and was in the "Memorandum", this means in the conditions that the donor of the government made ??it a condition for the receive extensive emergency loans.


Usually, the troika in Greece is often held responsible for all evil in the world. Even more surprising was the reaction from some readers to online media reports. There are virtually no negative comments.


"The Troika is the only hope to purge the country of the gangs plunder it, and the only hope!" User "casmini" wrote under the current on-line report on reform of the tax office transmitter skai tv. And User voukolos: "It would be nice if we could read one day that all presiding judges are dismissed That would be an even bigger win for the restoration of the state.". Userin Evangelia wrote: Today, the IRS, tomorrow the city planning office. Step by step, with patience! Long live the Troika! "


"We should work together to shout our anger"


Understandably less enthusiastic were the Revenue Commissioners. On YouTube, a video was a big hit, in which a control officer named Anastasia Sapouna bursts into tears while before the City Council of the Andros Island is holding a protest speech against the reform. Andros namely the entire tax authority be dissolved and its tasks to another Regional Administration. Not only should the authorities will do more, they will make do with less staff.


Sapouna accused Finance Minister Stournaras to have never faced a destitute taxpayers as "a pensioner who can not pay his tax bill," and the rest of the salaries of the tax officials are good for the economy: "Our money goes to grocery stores, doctors, gas stations. "


At the end, she suggested to the enthusiastic applause of the entire council, "We should all go down to the harbor and together shout our anger."


So everyone's happy - well aside from the youth (unemployment), immigrants (Golden Dawn), the political elite (the tax-CD of death), and now the crying tax-collectors: