ZAGREB, April 16 (Hina) – Public Administration Minister Ivan Malenica said on Thursday that Croatia could emerge from the coronavirus crisis with a smaller state administration, stressing that the government was considering ways to secure funds to help the economic sector by making cuts in public administration.
Reporters asked the minister ahead of today’s government session if he believed that Croatia could emerge from the current crisis with a smaller public administration, to which he said that it could and that the government was going in that direction with a decision to ban hiring and make cuts in government departments.
“With its first and second set of measures designed to help the business sector the government has shown that savings can be made in public administration and some other departments to help the economic sector,” he said.
He added that the government was working on new measures to help businesses as well as citizens.
Asked about wage cuts in the public sector, Malenica said that the matter should first be discussed with union representatives.
With regard to the reform of public administration through a reduction of the number of counties and municipalities, the minister said that the number of local government units could be reduced but that they first should be classified to determine which can provide certain services and which cannot.