PM announces planned cuts in public administration

FOLLOWING a meeting with Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, Slovak PM Robert Fico said that the country’s eight regional public administration offices could be closed by the end of the summer this year.

The ministry is currently preparing the cuts to the state offices to reduce red tape, save money and simplify public administration.

According to Prime Minister Fico, there are 756 various state offices at the district and regional level in Slovakia, and 13,000 more civil servants in the country than before the previous government’s reform of public administration.

Fico said he was satisfied that the Interior Ministry was working according to schedule on this project. "The first draft will be presented for an interdepartmental review by the end of January," he said. The cabinet should then discuss the material in February and pass it on to parliament.

District offices would take over the powers of the abolished regional state offices, while the position of some ministries will also be strengthened.

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