Dozens of civil servants submit appeals before the Administrative Court of Cyprus annually objecting to promotions and recruitment by the Civil Service Commission (EDY).
In fact, data collected by Phileleftheros shows that a total of 482 applications have been submitted before the Administrative Court between 2014-2018.
The majority of appeals are against promotion decisions, and only a handful concern recruitment to the Public Service.
Specifically, 149 appeals were filed last year against EDY decisions, compared to 118 filed in 2017. In 2016, 81 appeals were filed and another 86 in 2015. In 2014, the number of fled appeals reached 48.
EDY had expected the increase in the number of appeals before the Administrative Court due to the significant increase in the number of promotion decisions, insiders told Phileleftheros.
In fact, out of the 149 appeals filed in court in 2018, 97 were against EDY decisions on promotion positions. There were also 37 appeals against decisions on first appointment as well as on first appointment and promotion.
At the same time, five other appeals were filed against decisions on positions governed by the provisions of the Law on the Evaluation of Public Service Candidates. And another 10 appeals concerned EDY decisions on other issues.
Last year, a total of 48 appeals were upheld by the court over decisions taken in the past years. Out of the 48 decisions, 34 were rejected (rejected or withdrawn and rejected), while 14 were annulled or partially annulled.
Data also shows that 10 of the annulment decisions concerned promotion procedures, three concerned first appointment and promotion procedures and only one was in regard to first appointment procedure.
At the same time, a total of 12 appeals were filed last year against primary decisions of the Administrative Court.
By Eleftheria Paizanou