STAFF REPORTER

THE Balearic government is pressing ahead with the introduction of its “Public Sector” law, a series of measures aimed at cracking down on involvement by politicians in property and town planning scandals.

The new legislation is already on its way for approval by Parliament and according to government spokesman and Minister for Tourism Joana Barcelo, the move has the prior approval of the Majorcan Unionist party (UM) who were ousted from the coalition government over a fortnight ago for their alleged involvement in corruption cases.

Three UM ministers were sacked and the party's powers on the Council of Majorca and Palma City Council were rescinded.
This coming week, a separate law related to television broadcasting will establish more Parliamentary control of the director of the Balearic TV station IB3.

Barcelo explained last week that one of the principal tools of the Public Sector law is to introduce spending controls in all areas of local government so that funds originally allocated to a specific budget cannot be used for any other purpose.

The legislation will also prevent the temptation to gain personally from the award of lucrative contracts, encourage above-board accounting and establish a fair and egalitarian salary award system for senior figures in local government.

The Public Sector law will nevertheless need six months to wend its way through the Parliamentary process.