On Monday, 2 November 2020, the Minister of National Defence Mr. Nikolaos
Panagiotopoulos replied to a Parliamentary Control question (Nr. 61/13-10-2020) by
MP Mr. Vasilis Kegeroglou on the subject “Need for amendment of the legislation on
Higher NCO Military School graduates Class of 1992/Enlisted in 1990”.
In his first address, the Minister of National Defence stated the following:
“Sir, concerning those enlisted in ’91, I would
advise you to submit a separate question and not in the replication, but in any case,
for those too – given the fact that the spirit of the solution for those of the class of ’90
is similar – a solution is sought and I think that a solution will be found for them in the
spirit of the solution found for those of the class of ’90.
It is good that this subject is brought forward. I believe that it is good to resolve it. It
has already been brought to the attention of the Political Leadership of the Ministry
through Parliamentary Control from questions by other MPs, but you submitted yours
at the best possible time because sometimes timing is important. So, this subject has
been examined by the Personnel branches of the General Staffs. It is a matter that
goes a long way back, with a Provision on career matters for active duty Officers
from Higher NCO Military Schools which, due to the unclear wording of the letter of
the Law, is improperly implemented, causing unequal treatment in similar situations.
Consequently, this must be corrected.
This is what happens with article 37 of Law 4494/17: The restrictive application of the
Provisions on evaluations and promotions of L. 2439/96, as more beneficial, included
also Higher NCO Military School graduate Officers who had 25 years of actual
Military service by 31 December 2015, i.e. those who enlisted in 1990. This
regulation had no express provision on the calculation of their length of service as is
the case for those who enlisted from 1 January 1988 to 31 December 1989, i.e. those
who had 25 years of service by 31 December 2014, not 2015 as in the case of those
enlisted in 1990. How many people does this concern? 303 Army Officers, 186 Navy
Officers, and 166 Air Force Officers, i.e. 655 Officers in total.
This is an old problem. Since in the Ministry of National Defence we are determined
to resolve big or small old problems, we decided to resolve this too by law. There is
already internal consultation and coordination of the three Services of the Armed
Forces. All differences of perspective were brought to the table, discussed, and
overcome and we are now ready to proceed to legal drafting and a draft bill in order
to clarify, without ambiguity or vagueness, the procedure for the calculation of the
aforementioned years of service, similar to the Officers of the same origin who had
25 years of service by 31 December 2014.
It is my pleasure to announce to you today that the Bill we will bring for voting in
November (which is mainly on Public Contracting and Procurement in the areas of
Defence and Security and other provisions of the Ministry of National Defence) will
include a provision to resolve this problem for Higher NCO Military School graduate
Officers who enlisted in 1990.
Consequently, this matter is in the process of being definitively resolved and our next
effort will be to work on a similar (in terms of spirit) problem concerning those who
enlisted in 1991, given the fact that they currently face the same problem as the one
faced by those whom this Parliamentary question concerns and for which measures
are being taken in the forthcoming Bill in order to be definitively resolved. Our
concern is to include everyone, given the fact that the spirit of the Provision (and this
correction) is the same: equal treatment of similar situations, not convenience".
In his replication, Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos replied noting the following:
NIKOLAOS PANAGIOTOPOULOS: “
Sir, you do understand that our intention is
to resolve these problems from the past which are due to the vagueness of
Provisions of previous Laws. We are here to address these one by one and resolve
Today, I can announce to you the definitive resolution of the problem concerning the
class of 1990. Similar procedures are underway in the Staffs and the Ministry to
resolve the similar, I would say, problem with the class of 1991. As you know, 1992 is
the year separating old and new insured. Hence, there may be personnel of the class
of 1992 right on the limit who are negatively affected by those regulations, which are
mainly related to their career progression and not their social insurance rights. So
today we definitively resolve the problem with the Higher NCO Military School Class
of 1990. I don’t know if there is time, we may be able to do it until the introduction of
the Bill for voting.
Currently, the problem is mainly technical because, as I understand, the matters
related to procurement in the Armed Forces may be introduced for voting to the
Committees and then to the Plenary Session, together with the Bill of the Ministry of
Development on Public Contracting governing the status of Public Procurement, but
in any case this problem which you correctly stated that needs to be addressed will
be addressed by law. Of course we acknowledge your contribution to this effort, there
is no doubt about it.
When focusing on the essence of things and communicate them among us, as
representatives of the Parliament and Government, I believe that the conditions and
the good disposition exist to come to an understanding and resolve many of these.
Thank you once again".