The Bridge (MOST) party on Thursday published its reform demands concerning local and regional government and public administration which it presented in talks with the Croatia is Growing coalition and the Patriotic Coalition today.
Bridge wants the number of political officials in municipalities, towns and counties to be reduced by the next local elections. It proposes that only one official, without a deputy, be elected to the executive authority in municipalities, towns and counties, which would cut down the number of political officials from 1,322 to 576.
Bridge also wants that only local government units with more than 10,000 inhabitants, of which there are less than 100, have paid political officials. It proposes regulating by law that volunteers should run municipalities with up to 3,000 inhabitants, of which there are about 250, while in local government units with 3,000-10,000 inhabitants, the representative body would decide whether to be paid for being in office.
Bridge also proposes reducing by at least 20 percent the number of members of representative bodies, namely councillors, from the current 8,354.
The party is also proposing a reform of local and county government units by reducing the number of municipalities, merging municipalities and towns into separate local units, merging unsustainable municipalities with sustainable ones, and launching the downsizing of the number of counties and regionalisation by the end of 2019 at the latest.
Bridge is also proposing limiting the number of political officials in ministries to one minister and one deputy in the 2016-19 period, and the depoliticisation and professionalisation of management boards in state-owned and public enterprises by the second quarter of 2016.
Bridge calls for the formation of a commission to review and amend the 2015-20 Public Administration Development Strategy, for the establishment of a system for the objective evaluation of civil servants by the last quarter of 2016, and for the adoption of a law on civil servants and a law on their wages.
The party also calls for the adoption of a law by the last quarter of 2016 to regulate the establishment, functioning, financing, responsibility and supervision of state agencies, and of a strategy for the development of public enterprises.