PM to axe ministries before elections
Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 11:09
Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány has plans during the present governing cycle to reduce the number of ministries and discussions are taking place between the two coalition partners, according to information obtained by business daily Világgazdaság. Plans are reportedly in the pipeline to make radical cuts to central administration to slash public finance costs and send a message to the market - particularly to foreign investors - that the stated objective of cutting spending is for real. General agreement in the government centers on merging the IT ministry and the economy ministry, as well as the education and culture portfolios. The post of minister without portfolio would also be scrapped, according to the paper.