PARLIAMNET passed a law that abolished the old 79 local state administration districts and created 50 new offices instead as part of the ongoing public administration reform.
The law passed by the slightest possible majority of 76 votes. Coalition MPs and former members of the ruling New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) who are now independent MPs voted for the law.
MPs, however, approved several changes to the original plan. In one change, heads of the new offices will be named and recalled by the cabinet. This, according to observers, will enable political nominations to the posts. In the past, the current coalition criticized such nominations under the previous PM Vladimír Mečiar.
Interior Minister Vladimír Palko said, however, that the current form of the law was an "acceptable compromise". ANO pushed through the demand, threatening not to support the law if it wasn't accepted.
The new scheme is expected to decrease the number of bureaucrats by 3,000 and annually save the state budget about Sk750 million (€18 million).
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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6. Nov 2003 at 10:22