The island’s Public Service Commission (NSA) has called on ministries and semi-governmental organisations and departments to prepare the 2019 annual service reports on time, Phileleftheros reports.
These reports pave the way for the promotion of public servants and even though they are not considered to be objective today, since 99.9% of civil servants are evaluated as excellent, they are, nonetheless, essential. Because the promotion of employees until the public service’s reforms start being implemented cannot be suspended.
Based on existing public service rules and regulations, annual service reports which refer to the previous calendar year should be submitted before the Commission by March 31.
In a circular, the Commission warned that reports submitted after this deadline will be disregarded. Commission Chairman George Papageorgiou also noted the need for rules governing the drafting and reporting of staff reports to be fully enforced.
And that before submitting the final annual reports to the Commission, the evaluation teams should promptly notify public officers who have been evaluated, sending them a copy of the report.
According to the rules, if there is an intention for a poor evaluation, then the employees should be given the opportunity to respond before a final decision is made.
Public service reform legislation which is now pending before Parliament will not allow for the evaluation of all civil servants as “excellent”.
The evaluation will be based on qualifications, experience and examinations. Specifically, a new framework for the evaluation and selection of candidates by the Commission will be introduced, aiming towards the selection of the most suitable employees in accordance with the principle of objectivity and meritocracy.
Civil servants to be evaluated will also be classified in two hierarchical levels with the right to appeal the final report.