The undersecretary of the ministry of Finance and Public Administration, on Thursday in Campus FAES 2015 Platero: ‘We are moving towards a model of public management that is closer, transparent and exemplary’ 

02/07/2015

    _ ‘Our aspiration is to win the elections again and to return to the budget balance we left in 2004’

    _ ‘It is better to take fewer measures and devote more time to tell what these measures will do and how they will affect citizens’

    _ Elorriaga: ‘Starting in September, we will have a new legal structure supporting the operations of Public Administrations’

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, Pilar Platero, said today that ‘we are moving towards a model of public management that is closer, generating confidence, more agile, modern, transparent and exemplary’’ We are accountable to citizens,’ she said during her conference at the 2015 FAES Campus, in which she analysed the reform of the public Administrations promoted by the Government, a job that has been ‘successfully done’ and that it ‘intends to be permanent’ .

‘The Public Administration has a clear customer financing its services through their taxes and we need to know how to tell them in what we are spending their money and how we will provide their services. We are accountable to citizens,’ Platero said. Therefore, she said, ‘We are moving towards a model of public management that is closer, generating confidence, more agile by promoting the electronic administration, modern, transparent and exemplary’.

In her review of some of the guidelines promoted by the Commission for the Reform of Public Administrations, CORA, Platero said that ‘we have done good things, but much remains to be done and it has to be continued in future legislation.’ ‘We are in a very different situation to that of 2012. Today nobody argues about whether or not we are recovering, or whether or not jobs are being created’ Platero stated. Platero was introduced by the Chairman of the Committee of Finance and Public Administration of the Congress, Gabriel Elorriaga.

INTENDED TO BE PERMANENT

In this sense, Platero has recognised the value of having reduced public deficit from 9.5 percent to 5.7 with which 2014 was closed, a reduction, she stressed, ‘that contrary to what is generally thought, has not been done through the income side but through the spending one’. ‘The work we have done intends to be permanent. Our aspiration is to win the elections again and to return to the budget balance we left in 2004,’ she stressed.

She also stressed the need to eliminate duplicities, following the idea ‘one capacity, one single administration that manages it’. She also acknowledged that ‘it is costing us a lot to communicate what we are doing.’ In her opinion, ‘It is better to take fewer measures and devote more time to tell what these measures will do and how they will affect citizens’.

Meanwhile, Elorriaga said that ‘Starting in September, we will have a new legal structure supporting the operations of Public Administrations, which is a transformation of enormous depth in the public sector’. He also argued that even though ‘over the wishes of addressing a systemic reform of the entire management system is budget urgency, the structural model of our Public Administrations has been changing in a very clear way’.