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Tens of millions Euros shelled out for cleanliness in administrative buildings

07 January 2012 / 19:01:47  GRReporter
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In 2010 tens of millions of Euros from state funds were wasted on maintaining cleanliness in ministries and their departments.

We may be in the throes of the economic crisis, but many ministries have dug deep in their pockets to illuminate with purity their buildings. Surely cleanliness is a sign of high class, as people say, but the amounts spent are, to say the least, shocking.

According to official figures, submitted to parliament by the Deputy Minister of Finance Filipos Sahinidis, huge sums have been allocated for expenses and bonuses associated with cleanliness.

These mentioned expenses were coded as follows: ΚΑΕ 0839 as costs for cleaning and ΚΑΕ 0875 as compensation to individuals and legal entities to maintain cleanliness.

And here arise many question marks about who has received the specific amounts.

In a report highlights some of the amounts, which made a special impression.


For the fiscal year 2010 the Greek Parliament had a budget for costs associated with cleanliness amounting to 670,000 Euros, but ultimately the amount spent on cleaning the building has reached 828,802 Euros.

In other words, during a period of austerity measures and economic crisis, cleaning costs have increased by 158,000 Euros.

Ministry of Interior, Decentralisation and e-government

No cleaning expenses were provided for the central services of the Ministry of Interior, but expenses incurred for salaries, amounting to 172,712 Euros.

The National Printing House, which is subordinated to the ministry, spent 74,064 Euros per year on salaries associated with cleanliness. The General Secretariat of the e-government had only 2,750 Euros for cleaning, but fees for maintaining the cleanliness reached 123,910 Euros.

In 2010 the ombudsman spent the amount of 89,978 Euros for activities related to cleanliness and the Supreme Council for Personnel Selection (ASEP) spent 45,740 Euros.

Ministry of Defence

The cost for cleanliness of the Ministry of Defence exceeds 10 million Euros, and in particular:
The General Staff of National Defence has spent 271,739 Euros on cleaning costs and salaries amounted to 440,840 Euros - a total of 712,759 Euros.

The General Staff of Army troops spent 4,038,000 Euros on salaries for maintaining cleanliness. Here we must add 135,044 Euros in expenses for cleaning, in order to reach the total amount of 4,173,044 Euros.

The General Staff of the Navy may not have had any expenses, but salaries to maintain cleanliness were paid and they reached 1,720,920 Euros.

The Air Force is following in he footsteps of the land forces, as the total costs associated with cleaning amounted to 4,193,671 Euros. In particular, 4,085,075 Euros were spent on salaries and 108,596 Euros on other costs.

Finally, the National Information System spent the sum of 228,815 Euros on activities related to cleanliness.

Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Communication Networks

Maybe the central offices of the ministry spent only 175,210 Euros for salaries, but the large sum in this ministry went to the civil aviation. There they spent 6,223,364 Euros on cleanliness, probably because they have 45 airports to clean...

Ministry of Civil Defence

According to official documents of Filipos Sahinidis, in 2010 Greek police shelled out 6,009,230 Euros for salaries related to maintaining cleanliness.

Police stations may not have money for petrol, with which to fill up their cars and to patrol, nor for body armour and helmets, but they spent huge amounts for cleaning their buildings.

Tags: Greece budget cleaning Ministry of Defense
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