Young attorney spearheads civil service overhaul

"The Club of the Good Will Civil Servants" wants to change the image of Slovak government workers and keep those workers enthusiastic about their jobs.

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
Young attorney spearheads civil service overhaul - NewsMavens

Why this story matters:

politics, work, economy

In Slovakia, people who work for the state are often described as lazy and incompetent. But a new wave of civil servants, who are young and well-educated, are defying that stereotype and want to help the country and politicians make better decisions.

These government workers have created a group called "The Club of the Good Will Civil Servants." The group meets periodically to encourage each other and stay enthusiastic about their work. The club also is working to reach and attract older civil servants and motivate them to be creative and committed.

The members of the club defy the stereotype of the old, cynical state civil servant. Its founder, Zuzana Vargová, is a young attorney who works for the president of Slovakia.

Despite not being paid as well as they would be in the private sector -- and despite rigorous hierarchy at the ministries -- club membership is growing. These younger civil servants are becoming more visible in the media and speaking out about what they see as much-needed improvements in government service. 

They know it's important to have good civil servants because they often outlast the politicians who are elected every four years. The public should hope they succeed.

Details from the story:

  • The club's founder is Zuzana Vargová, a lawyer who works for Slovak president Andrej Kiska.
  • The club's co-founder, Marek Plavčan, works as an analyst at the Ministry of Environment. 
  • Palvčan says the work he does at the ministry is more complex and prestigious than what he would be doing in any private company.
EDITOR'S PICK:
inbox_large_illu Created with Sketch.
Tired of the news media’s prevailing male perspective? We are too.

Get our newsletters composed exclusively by female journalists from all over Europe.

WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM:
SUPPORTED BY:

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS:
NewsMavens
NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
CORE TEAM
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at https://newsmavens.com/transparency-policy