The state reform activities are aimed to lead to more effective and cohesive implementation of state tasks, provision of higher quality services, more flexible and less bureaucratic government sector organisation and relative decrease of expenditures in the government sector. The government is targeting its activities for the government sector to become more flexible, effective and efficient (incl. losing silos between the governing areas). The aim is to have more cooperation and synergy between different authorities in order to fulfil strategic objectives/targets of the government and governing areas.
The benchmarks to assess the effective governance are the following:
- The proportion of government sector employees to working age population (in the age group of 15-74) will not increase (below 12%)
- The proportion of government sector expenditures to GDP will not increase (below 39.3%)
- The government sector compensations for employees / GDP will not increase (below 11.3%)
The Government has decided to pursue with organisational consolidation analysis and primary action plan for 2019-2023. Organisational inventory has been conducted and is continuous to avoid inefficient (hybrid, small) organisational forms, to identify the most efficient forms of activity and to create real synergy between organisations. The governmental organisations are constantly striving for better management systems and more effective structures and uses of resources. There have been various consolidations in previous years and during the period of 2019-2023 the ministries are analysing and preparing the mergers in the following areas: education, environment, land, region and planning, agriculture and food.
The consolidation of support services has brought higher quality and more effective services in financial management, HR services (payroll for 169 state agencies, central training unit), grant administration (managing authority for entire grants system, implementation of grant schemes, reports and payments, development of grants IT system), state claims (claims from court decision, alimony subsidy etc.) and public procurement (service provided centrally for 35 state agencies).
Considering better regional balance, the Government has motivated to relocate state employees outside the capital in 2017-2019 (around 90% of the set goal) and ruling Government has decided on flexible recruitment measures to increase regional distribution of state financed positions. One of the measures to assure better governance in the state, the one-stop shop project has been initiated. First one stop shop was open in 2019 and the goal of the project is to open state one-stop-shops in every county by 2023. The common service environment includes also the remote workplaces for government sector employees to complement more balanced regional policy.