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.



Foreword and acknowledgements

Spain was one of the countries that had to absorb some of the most severe effects of the economic crisis. Faced with the challenge of budgetary cuts, the government of Spain had to continue to provide public services with limited resources. Reforming the public sector has proven to be a vital stepping stone for continuous efforts to build a more efficient state apparatus and serve the needs and demands of citizens. In order to initiate and oversee these reforms aimed at addressing the Spanish public administration’s most pressing challenges, the Commission on the Reform of the Public Administration (CORA) was established within the framework of the National Plan of Reforms (2011-15).


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