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Spanish Cabinet to Create Committee to Reduce Bureaucracy

October 26, 2012

Spain’s Cabinet will agree today to create a committee to reduce bureaucracy and eliminate overlap between the nation’s three levels of government.

The Cabinet decision, due to be announced at about 2 p.m. in Madrid after the weekly meeting, is the first step in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s plan to pare the public administration and improve efficiency, said a spokesman at his office who asked not to be named in line with policy.

Spain’s public administration swelled in the three decades since regional governments were created. The 17 states, which control health and education, employ about half of all public workers. The regions, which duplicated existing institutions by creating agencies such as trade and diplomatic missions during the boom, account for about a third of public spending.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emma Ross-Thomas in Madrid at erossthomas@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net


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