• Spain's news in English
 

Spain slashes spending in public sector overhaul

Published: 22 Jun 2013 10:23 GMT+02:00

The programme will see 57 public entities, such as overlapping weather agencies and competition watchdogs, shut down or merged, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said.

"Once this reform is fully implemented, it will save the public administration around €6.5 billion," she said at a news conference after a weekly cabinet meeting.

"The goal is to have a much more efficient public administration," she added.

The planned overhaul also calls for the unification of cleaning, telephone and power services and the greater use of the digitalization of public administration processes instead of in-person paper processes.

It is based on a 2,000-page report by a commission that suggested 217 efficiency measures.

The government aims to instill a new "philosophy of cooperation" among the central administration and Spain's 17 powerful regional governments, which are responsible for healthcare and education, and municipalities with the reform, the deputy prime minister said.

Total savings from reforms to the public administration made by the government since it came to power at the end of 2011, including cuts in civil servant jobs, will reach just under €38 billion, she added.

The European Union, which in June 2012 granted Spain a rescue loan of up to €100 billion to prop up banks that have been swamped in bad loans since a decade-long property bubble imploded in 2008, has pushed Madrid to reform its public sector.

The Spanish economy, the eurozone's fourth-largest, fell into a double-dip recession in 2011 and the unemployment rate has since soared to more than 27 percent.

The International Monetary Fund warned on Wednesday that though Spain's biting recession may end soon but the outlook is tough and Madrid must do more to battle the country's unacceptably high unemployment rate.

Spain's efforts to pare its budget deficits — it is in the midst of a three-year effort to save €150 billion ($200 billion) by 2014 — must seek to avoid hurting growth, it added.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Desperately seeking... flamenco dancers
Singer Madonna performs during the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in LA. Photo: Kevin Winter/AFP

Desperately seeking... flamenco dancers

Madonna is on the lookout for a flamenco dancer for her upcoming tour: do you have what it takes? READ  

The Local list
The ten greatest things about Spain (in the UK)

The ten greatest things about Spain (in the UK)

As a long time Spanish resident in the UK, director of Modern Languages at Northumbria University Dr Carlos Solares reveals some of the Spain-UK links you never knew existed. READ  

Chinese-run people trafficking gang busted

Chinese-run people trafficking gang busted

Spanish police said on Monday that they had arrested 80 suspected gang members accused of charging Chinese migrants €20,000 ($22,000) each to traffick them to Europe and North America READ  

Swarm: Five attacked by bees in Toledo
A photo of some bees: Shutterstock

Swarm: Five attacked by bees in Toledo

A woman was fighting for her life and four others were treated after suffering repeated stings from a swarm of angry bees. READ  

Job creation? The truth behind Spain's figures
People queuing outside a job centre. Photo: AFP

Job creation? The truth behind Spain's figures

On paper the Spanish government is creating new jobs but figures show they are overwhelmingly unskilled, with short-term posts and contracts making up the lion's share of all new employment created. READ  

Tourist couple die in Mallorcan boat tragedy

Tourist couple die in Mallorcan boat tragedy

A German couple have died after a fire broke out on their yacht while it was moored in a marina on Mallorca on Sunday. READ  

My Spanish Career
'Spain is a bureaucratic paradise'
Moscovite, Valeriya Zaytseva loves life in Valencia.Photo: Agustin Millan

'Spain is a bureaucratic paradise'

In the latest instalment of My Spanish career, The Local spoke to Valeriya Zaytseva. Born in Moscow in 1986, she co-founded Smartaxi, an award winning app, which helps taxi drivers find customers easily. READ  

 Honeymoon over for rebel party Podemos
Juan Carlos Monedero and Pablo Igesias founded Podemos together. Photo: Dani Pozo / AFP

Honeymoon over for rebel party Podemos

Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos, whose meteoric rise has upended the country's politics, is seeking a second wind as an internal crisis over strategy hits and polls show its popularity may have peaked. READ  

Jorge Lorenzo wins home MotoGP in style
Jorge Lorenzo. AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRER

Jorge Lorenzo wins home MotoGP in style

Jorge Lorenzo celebrated being kept on by Yamaha for next season by easily winning the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez on Sunday in front of former Spanish King Juan Carlos READ  

Podemos co-founder resigns prompting crisis
Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

Podemos co-founder resigns prompting crisis

One of the founders of Spain's anti-austerity Podemos party unexpectedly resigned on Thursday, plunging the poll-topping upstart into its first major crisis ahead of key elections this year. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Features
Top ten: Madrid's best rooftop bars
National
British expats fall victim to NHS clampdown
Travel
Benidorm: Cultural wonder of the world?
National
King Juan Carlos led 'double-life' with lover
Features
Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts
Features
Ten best UNESCO world heritage sites in Spain
Features
All the fun of the fair: Seville's Feria de Abril
National
Off with her hair! Queen Letizia debuts new do
National
Barcelona bans tourists from famous market
National
Rockers pen 'We don't love Ryanair' ballad
Travel
Location tours start for 'Game of Thrones' fans
National
Top ten things to do in Castellón
First house sold by lottery ticket in Spain
National
Official: Francisco Franco was a dictator
National
Olives and vino at risk from climate change
National
Olé! Madonna orders tour bullfighting suits
National
Jihadists planned attacks in Spain: judge
Politics
Spain's 'Citizens' party fires up voters
Travel
'No pooing': village tells pilgrims in north Spain
National
Spain's newest export to France: Vultures
National
Spain gets first memorial stones to Nazi victims
National
Town in shock at expat double murder
National
Brit family of four dead after Gibraltar stabbing
National
What's on in Spain: April 2015
National
Priest arrested for exorcism on anorexic girl
Can the 'nightmare' of a pilot downing a plane be prevented?
National
Could this be Spain's own Maggie Thatcher?
National
Spain outstrips France and Italy in wine exports
National
What country is Catalonia most like?
International
Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Society
Ten phrases you'll only hear at work in Spain
National
Brooms up! Quidditch casts its spell over Spain
International
Spanish crowned world's happiest language
National
Eight cool things the crisis did for Spain
Travel
Top Ten: Spain's best beaches for 2015
National
Euro property bargains up for grabs in Spain
What's On
Spain's craziest carnivals
National
Spanish town fights 'Fifty Shades' bondage hotel
Property
House sales up for first year since crisis began
What's On
Ten golden rules for snagging a Spanish man
International
Vinnie Jones teaches Spanish in hilarious ad
Gallery
The highs and lows of the Spanish property market
National
The five strangest things about Spaniards
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,316
jobs available
?>