Pellegrini: Anti-bureaucracy Law Will Save Time and Money

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini. (Stock photo by TASR)
Bratislava, May 18 (TASR) – Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD) on Friday thanked 128 MPs, including those from the Opposition, for supporting a bill aimed against bureaucracy (a draft law on measures to reduce administrative burdens by using public administration information systems) at its second reading, TASR learnt on Friday.

Pellegrini further said that the aim of building a people-friendly state is thus starting to be met, adding that the legal norm changes 167 other laws, regulations and decrees.
According to the premier, the law will save time and funds both for people and businesses. “Through our investments, we’ve been able to interconnect state information systems and, as of a specific date, they won’t have to submit an extract from a title deed, from a criminal record, from the commercial register or from the sole proprietors register,” he said, adding that technical adjustments were required.
Pellegrini stressed that Slovakia will move up higher within the European Union in the quality of public service provision. He gave assurances that there are other types of certificates for which work will continue and will require a legislative amendment. He’ll welcome any amendment to this law that will mean less bureaucracy.
Deputy Prime Minister for Investment and Informatisation Richard Rasi (Smer-SD) said that the law will take effect as of September 1 in cases applying to extracts from the commercial and sole proprietors registers and extracts from title deeds from the land register. For extracts from the criminal record the effective date is as of January 1, 2019. The law will save people €13 million and time. “We’ll prepare an amendment making sure that pupils, students and parents won’t have to provide papers proving that they’re attending school,” stated Rasi, announcing a package of further changes, also mentioning certificates of arrears in social security provider Socialna poistovna and health insurance companies, documents from the births register and other certificates submitted by the public.