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Government greenlights bill to cut red tape

The bill is first measure to be adopted under the "once is enough" principle

(Source: Sme – Ján Krošlák)

Cutting red tape for both individuals and companies and introducing an obligation for public administration bodies to acquire and use data recorded within public information systems are among the main aims of the legislation sponsored by Peter Pellegrini (Smer), Vice Prime Minister for Investments and Informatisation. The cabinet passed the draft bill at its session on February 21.

The government declared a war on bureaucracy in Slovakia back in November, when the legislation was unveiled. The bill is the first of a raft of measures under the so-called "once is enough" principle, by virtue of which people will no longer be required to submit documents to the state in paper form.

“We’ll relieve people of the burden of having to submit all kinds of printouts needed at almost every step of the way if they wish to change something in their lives or in running a business,” said Pellegrini as cited by the TASR newswire.

In addition, Pellegrini announced that another bill is in the pipeline that will bring about the second stage in the process of doing away with bureaucracy.

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“Because there is still a need to submit printouts to the authorities to confirm that you don’t have any health insurance debt, no social insurance debt, you’re not late with tax payments...and so on and so forth,” said Pellegrini.

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