The Interior Ministry is proposing to abolish 42 district and regional state administration offices. The move should be included in a draft bill of measures affecting local state administration being submitted for interdepartmental review, the SITA newswire reported.
If passed, the proposed legislation will abolish a total of 66 budget-subsidised organisations. The offices slated to be scrapped include regional schools offices, regional building offices, area military
administrations, regional environmental offices, regional land offices, regional forestry offices, regional offices for road transport, and cadastral offices. The competencies of the first three offices, which do not have any equivalent at lower administrative levels will be taken over by district offices in regional centres. In other cases, powers will be devolved to the relevant district offices in regional centres. For example, the agenda of the regional environmental offices will move to the district environmental office in the regional centre.
Abolishing local-level state administration offices will also mean the removal of service offices, administrators of state assets, public procurers and accounting units. This, according to the Interior Ministry, will eliminate duplication and save money. The new law should become effective as of January 1, 2013, with some provisions coming into force as early as December this year.
The proposed draft legislation is the first step towards a reform of the state administration called the ACE Program (an abbreviation of effective, reliable and open government in Slovak) approved by the cabinet in April. The programme envisages that any citizen will be able to handle any business with the state administration in just one place and during one visit anywhere in the country.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Aug 2012 at 10:00