(Updated) The State Budget for 2011, presented this weekend, provides for the reorganization of 50 public bodies, some of which will be extinguished while others undergo merger processes.
The Finance Minister says he expects to save around 100 million euros from this initiative, with the aim of rationalizing structures and improving synergies, but not reducing staff. In this restructuring, different types of entities are covered, from institutes to agencies and foundations, even through Directorates-General.
The Informatics Institute of the Ministry of Finance and the National Public Procurement Agency are on the list of extinct or merging organizations.
In the case of the Institute, which is in charge of computer management, the Ministry of Finance, carrying out – among other tasks – the processing of salaries for Public Administration employees, integration with the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Finance and with GeRAP – Public Administration Resources Shared Management Company.
The National Public Procurement Agency, created just over three years ago to centralize government procurement, will also be merged with the same entity, GeRAP.
These are the two most relevant modifications for the IT area in the list presented by the Government, but it is also planned to extinguish, by merger, the Information Systems Coordinating Office of the Ministry of Education, which will become part of the Statistics and Planning Office. of the same organism.
The Mission Structure for SIRESP, the Integrated Safety and Emergency Network System will also be extinguished, as will the Mission Structure of Lojas do Cidadão. These two entities had already «announced end», not least because they were created with a limited mandate and should be extinguished later this year.
Editor’s Note: the news was updated with the information that the mission structure of SIRESP and that of the Second Generation Citizen’s Stores were already scheduled to end this year.