French reforms to gain billions in productivity

24th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 24 (AFP) - The French junior minister for state reform, Eric Woerth, said Tuesday he wants to make productivity savings of up to EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.8 billion) on administrative costs by 2007.

PARIS, Aug 24 (AFP) - The French junior minister for state reform, Eric Woerth, said Tuesday he wants to make productivity savings of up to EUR 1.5 billion (USD 1.8 billion) on administrative costs by 2007.

"This autumn, we will announce a series of projects. Each ministry now has a detailed strategy for structural reform" designed to "increase administrative productivity", Woerth told BFM radio.

On total spending of EUR 100 billion, "we think we can gain a billion and a half over two or three years."

He later told AFP the goal was to realise the productivity gains by 2007.

Measures to be taken include better management of the government's fleet of automobiles, improved managment of state purchases and reorganisation of some administrative staffs.

France's public deficit has repeatedly breached the European Union limit of three percent of gross domestic product, but Paris has pledged to bring it below that level in 2005.

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