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THE CULTURE Ministry has announced reforms aimed at saving half a billion crowns, which it plans to reinvest in culture. The reform, which will cost Sk20–30 million, should start showing results in 2010.

THE CULTURE Ministry has announced reforms aimed at saving half a billion crowns, which it plans to reinvest in culture. The reform, which will cost Sk20–30 million, should start showing results in 2010.

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič settled on the need for reform after an audit of all 32 organisations the ministry administers showed that as much as 44 percent of their resources are dedicated to administration and only 50 percent are used to fulfill their role.

The ministry has set 70 percent for core activities and 20 percent for administration as optimal. To achieve this, it is planning to establish a central service organisation to maintain and administer all the ministry’s assets. The ministry also said that the reform will create more transparency in financing the institutions.

“Every organisation will have to divide its costs into operational and project costs, so that it can sign contracts in advance,” Maďarič said.

“And all allocated finances will be bound to specific projects,” said Pavol Boroš of Centire, which performed the audit.

There will also be some job cuts.

“There are organisations where the staff will not change, but there are also some where 20 to 30 workers will have to leave,” Maďarič said.


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