Crackdown on town hall graft and bureaucracy
4 December 2006, MADRID — A new law is to crack down on those who only volunteer for public service for their own ends, a minister promised on Monday.
4 December 2006
MADRID — A new law is to crack down on those who only volunteer for public service for their own ends, a minister promised on Monday.
Jordi Sevilla, public administration minister, said the new Local Government Law will "make life difficult for those who join a council to serve no-one but themselves".
In an interview with the Spanish daily El Mundo, the minister said the draft law would give more transparency and better control over local government after a spate of cases of civic corruption.
The draft law should get its first airing in parliament in the next few weeks, said Sevilla.
It is supported by the conservative opposition Popular Party.
He said part of the problem which had led to so many cases of corruption had been lack of funding of local councils by regional governments.
And in a move which will be supported by anyone who has queued up for hours at a council in Spain, the law will make it possible to access authorities using the Internet 24-hours a day, 365-days-a-year.
This will save people from waiting for hours to be seen in person.
Sevilla said council's Internet sites are to be accessible to any type of computer.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news