New secretary general for civil service

The new cabinet is to appoint an extra secretary general to oversee the reorganisation of the civil service which will save the government €750m in the coming four years, reports Wednesday’s Financieele Dagblad.

The move is ‘the ultimate attempt’ to change the way in which the national civil service works and reducing red tape in The Hague, says top secretary general Wim Kuijken.
The aim is to make the civil service a more flexible organisation. In the future civil servants will not work for a specific ministry but for the government as a whole, said Kuijken.
The 14th secretary general will be appointed on a temporary basis and probably fall under the home affairs ministry.
Trade unions said last month that the reorganisation of the civil service could mean 15,000 jobs being axed.

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