Deputy PM says whole public administration will be networked

Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov said in Dubrovnik on Friday that the whole public administration would be networked and all public bodies connected so that citizens could obtain all information and requests in one place.

Speaking at the Dubrovnik 2016 International Investment Forum, he said the government spent a billion kuna on computerisation.

"In the national reform plan which is being drawn up, some measures will have direct fiscal impact, notably the changes planned in health care, public procurement, public administration computerisation etc. The first thing in public administration computerisation was to create a package to network the whole public administration, which will benefit citizens and public bodies in the end," Petrov said.

If all public administration bodies are connected, it will be possible to better invest earmarked funds and the system will become much more transparent, faster and more efficient, he said.

"The system will function on the state, regional and local levels. You will be able to follow your requests, who handles them and how long it will take, and you will be connected to all other institutions," Petrov said, adding that this would boost Croatia's development.

Petrov said Croatia had gone through a tough economic crisis to which the response had not been the best, but that the current government would set the foundations for long term sustainable economic growth prioritising fiscal consolidation, a higher credit rating, lower financing costs, restoring investors' confidence, and economic growth measures, including elimination of barriers, making doing business simpler, reducing business taxes, public sector reforms and availability of public services.

The 2016 budget envisages the same expenditures as in 2015, which will result in the saving of HRK 2.5 billion, and the government plans to earn EUR 500 million by activating state-owned property, which will reduce the need for borrowing, Petrov said.

Last update: Fri, 15/04/2016 - 12:53

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