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Fico pledges to cut bureaucrats in state service

PM Robert Fico said yesterday that the government planned dramatic cuts in state administration to make savings in next year’s state budget.

"We will start with the most senior state administration bodies, where we see huge over-employment and inefficiency," Fico told reporters on August 16.

To set a good example to his ministers, Fico intends to shake up Government Office first.

"I hope to come up with some model to carry it out, and I would be very happy to see other ministries do likewise. It could represent significant savings," he said.

As an example of staff cuts, Fico cited the Justice Ministry. "I dare say that if we cut the number of employees at the Justice Ministry by 35-40 percent, no one would even notice," Fico said.

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