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Zeljko Ivanji for “Danas” newspapers: Poltrons are more appreciated than proffesionals

18th February 2015

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In Serbian public sector there is no clear separation between politics and administration. Employees in the public sector do not have a proffesional career in true sense of the word. They depend on the political will of individuals who are too often unfamiliar with their job,and therefore appreciate poltron characteristics more than proffesional. In that way a rough bureaucratic structure is forming, which exists for itself and not for citizens who fund it and to whom it should serve, says Zeljko Ivanji,chairman of the Committee for Public Administration of Serbian People’s Party, assessing the situation in the public sector in Serbia.

Public sector reform have been announced by many goverments,however,that process was substantially left out. Why is that?

– Today we have over a hundred national strategies,but neither one of them is implemented and it is the same with public administration reform strategy.All strategies remain a dead letter on the paper and they are primarily intended to satisfy the will of Brussels,not the needs of citizens in Serbia.If we look at the public sector by total number of population,having in mind that the public sector exists to meet the needs of the population,manage the state in responsible mannner,or provide services throughout the country at affordable prices,where the private sector has no interest,then by that parameter number of employees in the public sector in Serbia is less then the number of employees in the UK and most other European countries.So our biggest problem is not the number of employees in administration,but a lack of reforms that will make public sector more efficient.

In what way?

– It is necessary to have managers in public administration, such as enterpreneurial management who will take care about the results,orientate towards the needs of the citizens,not the needs of politicians.For beginning,we need to start a reorganization of central public services.Of course,by that I mean decentralization,but on the other hand,we must move towards centralization of inspection services.I am convinced that the inspection services at the local level present a source of the biggest problems with corruption,which is conditionally called less corruption,and in fact,in the aggregate,represent the biggest corruption.

Employees in the public sector should not be anathemized.They need to be employed.It is the task of the minister,the president of local self-goverment, directors of the public companies, hospitals,president of the court…Now we have a situation in which everyone have a reduced salary,regardless of the effect.In this way,message is sent-everyone are the same.

Although the release of surplus employees in public services was announced, that did not happened. How to put an end to party employment ?

– Employees in the public sector should not be anathemized.They need to be employed.It is the task of the minister,the president of local self-goverment, directors of the public companies,hospitals,president of the court…Now we have a situation in which everyone have a reduced salary,regardless of the effect.In this way,message is sent-everyone are the same.You know that there are brilliant people in the ministries,brilliant doctors,teachers,police officers ,who were put in the same basket with those who were employeed by party instructions and who often do not come to work for which they are paid. In order to reduce number of employees in public sector we have to create the conditions for creating new realistic jobs in the private sector .Serbian People’s Party sees that opportunity through the development of small and micro enterprises and enterpreneurships.At the founding meeting of our party Nenad Popovic called enterpreneurs “heroes” of Serbia,because thanks to them doctors receive their salaries,retirees receive pensions, mothers receive child support.Our attitude is that only a strong private sector can guarantee the stability of a state and society.

How much the inefficiency in public sector cost us?

– It is impossible to estimate,but the consequences are corruption,poor education, “brain drain” from Serbia,the lack of available beds in hospitals who are also corrupted,poor service and quality of public enterprises,mostly those who are lulled in monopolly.This is the price of inefficient system that we need to get in order.All this is consequence of catastrophic organization that must be improved by managerial principles ,whose goals are efficiency,quality and availability of services at reasonable prices and same conditions in entire teritory of the state.

DANAS