The Greek government called the benefits of separation of Church and state

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The separation of Church and state and the termination of payment of salaries to priests of the Greek Orthodox Church will lead to the release of 10 thousand civil servants, that could be used to hire new staff, said the official representative of the government of Greece Dimitris Tzanakopoulos.

The priests in Greece are employed by the state as civil servants. It is a long tradition related to the fact that the state almost nothing got a big Church and monastery property and compensates his salary to the priests. In the framework of the constitutional reform and the separation of Church and state, in particular, it is expected that clergy will not be in the future to treat a public servant and will be excluded from the unified state on payments. In this case the Greek state is obliged to pay annually to the Church a subsidy, the amount of which corresponds to the current payroll current priests.

«This agreement actually frees 10 thousand civil servants. The clergy, although they are not exactly civil servants, considered as such and are counted among civil servants», — said the official representative of the government.

According to him, the government has agreed with creditors that places priests in the registry is other employees.

«We managed to reach an agreement with the institutes of creditors, before the expiry of the Memorandum (the – editor) that allows us to fill these positions in the coming years with the recruitment of civil servants to meet social needs, the needs of the welfare state,» said Tzanakopoulos.

According to him, these places will be contracted doctors, teachers or any other experts, which the Greek government considers it necessary to hire.

Financial aid program assumed that Greece in exchange for loans will pursue a policy of «tightening belts» and cut tens of thousands of employees in the public sector.

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