OPINION

Trimming the state’s deadwood

The government claims that it will be shutting down hundreds of state-funded organizations, and that it will be focusing mainly on those that are related to local authorities. This kind of streamlining is a step in the right direction to make the public sector function more efficiently and at a smaller cost, yet the question remains: What will happen to the employees, as shutting down the organizations and finding new positions for them somewhere else in the state apparatus will negate the cost-saving effects of the measure? The government’s plan to tidy up the public sector will work and have a beneficial impact on its coffers only if it reduces the number of positions in state services and at the same time the cost of running such organizations, which puts a serious strain on the budget. If the government does not go ahead with reducing the number of staff employed by the state, the plan will be little more than a cosmetic change that will do nothing to improve the country’s finances or the smooth running of its administration.