Editorial: The challenge of the ten super-ministries
It seems that Mr. Tsipras wants to connote a sense of change in management with the new government structure which he will…
It seems that Mr. Tsipras wants to connote a sense of change in management with the new government structure which he will present today. All sources suggest that he will attempt to reorganize the ministries in order to fulfill his pledge for a small ministerial council comprised of ten super-ministers, who will overlook unified sectors of administration.
This plan is not new. Efforts had been made in the past for series of ministries to operate under one supervisor. However, along the way it turned out that the multi-headed beast that is public administration was not that easy to control, nor become more efficient. For years we have heard proclamations for restricting the ministries, only for everyone – the people and the prime minister alike – to find out that this is unfeasible in practice.
Everyone hopes that this time the efforts will pay off. But it is clear that the success of Mr. Tsipras cabinet will be measured by the number of ministers, but how efficient, persistent and capable they are in tackling the problems that await them. It is commonly held that the government machine must become more flexible and friendlier towards the people. However the bureaucracy and inability of ministers to organize their areas of responsibility cannot be tackled with planning scenarios, which may look ideal on paper.
The country truly needs a plan for a complete overhaul, less paperwork and primarily fewer, more efficient laws that will leave no room for doubt or wrongdoings. That must be the new government’s primary goal, which will determine its success, super-ministries or no super-ministries.