Friday, January 23, 2009

Romanian gov't to cut central administration staff by 20%

BUCHAREST, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Romanian government decided Thursday to reduce by 20 percent the number of positions in the central public administration, representing ministries and government agencies.

"The decision only refers to the public servants in the central administration, not the employees in the entire public sector," official sources said, adding that "the number of public servants in ministries has grown a great deal in the past several years, so the government decided to 'rationalize' the positions in central administration."

According to governmental sources, Prime Minister's Chancellery will be restructured and around 40 percent of the positions stipulated in the institution's organizational chart will be cut.

Transport Minister Radu Berceanu announced Thursday that the ministry will lay off over 20 percent of its employees.

"I prefer less and better-paid staff, and keep those willing to do something here," Berceanu told a press conference.

Romanian Prime Minister Emil Boc and Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea recently said the sum of public administration staff spending will be gradually reduced by up to 20 percent compared to2008, through the removal from budgeting of some 139,500 vacant positions from central and local public institutions existing at the end of 2008.

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