10/01/2011 08:44 EDT | Updated 12/01/2011 05:12 EST

Debt inspectors, Greek government in talks over civil service cuts

ATHENS, Greece - International debt inspectors are meeting with Greek government ministers to discuss ways to cut the number of civil servants.

The representatives of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund are demanding that, at a minimum, the government place 30,000 public sector employees on "reserve," meaning suspend them with reduced pay.

Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Public Sector Reform Minister Dimitris Reppas are proposing that those placed on reserve be older civil servants at or near retirement age.

Final proposals are scheduled to be discussed at a cabinet meeting Sunday afternoon.

The cabinet will also discuss the draft 2012 budget, which will be submitted to Parliament Monday.