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OECD Public Governance Reviews: Spain 2016

Linking Reform to Results for the Country and its Regions

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In 2014, Spain launched a set of administrative reforms called “The CORA reform” as part of broader fiscal reforms. The CORA was a comprehensive and ambitious programme to create conditions for a more transparent public administration closer to citizens and businesses. The reforms were the subject of an OECD Public Governance Review undertaken in 2014. This progress report, the first of its kind, analyses how the OECD recommendations in the 2014 review have been implemented so far at the national level. In addition, it describes how the autonomous communities Galicia and Murcia have implemented the recommendations, and discusses the challenges that remain for achieving effective co-ordination and closer collaboration between the central and the regional levels in the area of public sector reform.

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Assessment and recommendations

The government of Spain has made major efforts to bring about the necessary reforms included in its National Program of Reforms. The reform of the public administration stands out as a critical component in the pillar dedicated to structural reforms. The political engagement for undergoing the reforms is evident and the level of execution of measures envisaged is high. Those initiatives aimed particularly at rationalising and streamlining the public administration have already reaped results and produced important savings, but many of the recommendations expressed in the first Public Governance Review of Spain are still valid and should be followed.

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