At cancellation of the competition concerning the implementation of the planning for the issuance of the new police identification cards is proceeding, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Citizen Protection.
According to the announcement, the reason for the above decision is reduction of the total value of the specific tender by at least 56,544,000.00 euros“with the self-evident significant financial benefit in favor of the Greek State” as he claims, “a fact that must be taken into account in the context of the proper management of public money”.
The decision coincides with the wiretapping scandal, while on Thursday morning we also had the replacement of the Secretary General of the ministry Konstantinos Tsouvalasby the retired General and honorary Chief of the Greek Police Michael Karamalaki.
The announcement of the Ministry of Citizen Protection on identity cards:
CIVIL PROTECTION MINISTRY
Athens, September 1, 2022
The doubling of the validity of passports is fully implemented from today
The doubling of the time validity of passports is fully implemented from today.
It is recalled that following the legislative regulation of Law 4962/2022, no. 87, the validity period of the passports of Greek citizens was changed from five (5) to ten (10) years from their issuance for the passports of adults and minors who have reached the age of 14.
With this provision, Greece is now in line with international passport validity standards. This is an arrangement that, among other things, and without changing the required fixed stamp fees for citizens, is part of the Ministry’s wider planning to reduce bureaucracy, save additional uniformed personnel from processing cases, in order to be allocated to citizens’ security services , the upgrading of the services provided and the reduction, in general, of unnecessary expenses and working hours.
With the unanimous recommendation of all the competent services of the Headquarters of the Hellenic Republic of Greece and the Ministry of Citizen Protection, as well as the competent department of the Legal Council of the State (N.S.K.) to which the relevant question was submitted, an essential change of both the financial and technical parameters related to the process of awarding the supply of the “New Integrated System of Security Forms” (OPSEA). The obvious reason is that, now, the total value of the specific tender is reduced by at least 56,544,000.00 euros, with the self-evident significant financial benefit in favor of the Greek State, a fact that must be taken into account in the context of the proper management of public money.
As a result of these, the service recommended to the competent Minister the cancellation of the progress of the process of concluding the above contractin its entirety, with a fully reasoned decision and without the obligation to pay remuneration or compensation to the participants, as expressly provided for in a relevant condition of the Call for Expression of Interest, a fact for which the Legal Council of the State unanimously gave an affirmative opinion.
It is noted that the Ministry of Citizen Protection is taking all the necessary procedures to ensure not only the full and timely satisfaction of our country’s International obligations, but also the acquisition of high-standard security documents that it issues in the future, fully compatible with European and International regulations”.
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