MADRID (AP) — Spain says it hopes to save up to 38 billion euros ($50 billion) over the next three years by trimming civil service bodies and eliminating duplications among central and regional governments.
Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Friday a total of 57 entities will be closed or absorbed into other bodies. The government will also push regional administrations to close dozens of offices deemed unnecessary.
The minister said the aim was to make government "more efficient, rational and transparent." The reform will also include the sale of 15,000 properties, including government offices and holdings accumulated from people who have died without heirs.
Spain has been in recession for most of the past four years following the collapse of its credit-fuelled real estate sector in 2008.