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State to lay off thousands, Interior Ministry admits

DOZENS of documents and analyses concerning major state administration reforms, so-called ESO reform, indicate that changes would save the state about €700 million in four years, but also see thousands of people lose jobs.

DOZENS of documents and analyses concerning major state administration reforms, so-called ESO reform, indicate that changes would save the state about €700 million in four years, but also see thousands of people lose jobs.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák had been secretive about the documents supporting the reform until October 31, when he revealed them to the media. Kaliňák however did not want to show the main analysis, which is 470-pages long and includes information on which state offices are recommended to be cancelled or merged with another office or ministry department.

“Public discussion kills reforms,” Kaliňák said, as quoted by the Sme daily. “We can go on discussing for years, or not discuss and do something.”

The interior minister admitted he was worried that concerns about layoffs in public administration would hinder his reform. He estimated the reform might result in laying off between 1,000 and 10,000 state employees.

The law obliges Kaliňák to publish the analysis, Sme noted.

Source: Sme

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