Madrid, Jun 22 (EFE).- Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said Saturday that, with the public administration overhaul plan announced this week, the time has come for the nation's politicians to "sacrifice."
Saenz de Santamaria attended a meeting Saturday in which she explained the details of the plan to the governing conservative Popular Party's provincial leaders, telling them it constitutes a call for efficiency and improved response to citizens' needs, PP spokespersons said.
Government spokespersons told Efe that the deputy premier will appear before Parliament to explain the Commission for Public Administration Reform's report, which the Cabinet studied Friday and which contains 217 concrete proposals aimed at streamlining the public administration at all levels of government.
The deputy PM stressed the effort made thus far to reduce public spending and trim the civil service and said this latest overhaul is a key element for the country's future.
She said the government also has sought to respond in certain measure to citizens' questions about what politicians are prepared to give up after demanding much sacrifice of ordinary citizens.
Saenz de Santamaria said her PP colleagues should be proud that their party is the only one to have undertaken a reform of this magnitude, adding that it was critical to Spain's efforts to emerge from a long-running economic crisis and bring the country's budget deficit in line with European Union mandates.
The deputy premier said Friday after the Cabinet meeting that the overhaul plan, including public-sector job cutbacks dating back to last year, would save some 37.7 billion euros (some $49 billion) through 2015.
She said the measures would include merging or shutting down dozens of public-sector agencies.