As part of its ongoing intitiative to cut excessive costs, the Tuscan Region is revamping how it handles public sector communications. From now, regional employees and councillors will use the Internet for phone calls, instead of traditional phones, a move that is expected to save around 250,000 euro annually.
‘We [will] use the opportunities offered by technology to spend less,' explained the Tuscan Region's president, Enrico Rossi. The changeover applies not only to all regional offices, but also the branches in Rome and Brussels, with better and more integrated communication services, such as shared address books and messages or chats in real time. Rossi is encouraging all local health agencies and regional institutions to adopt similar technologies, which would result in savings estimated at 4 million euro.
In a move to improve transparency, the Tuscan region has published online its 9-billion-euro annual budget and spending forecast for 2012. ‘The budget is the fundamental act through which the region, as does each of us when deciding how to spend public money, takes into account its revenues and expenditures. The overall 2012 budget of the Tuscan region allocates resources for 9 billion euros and it does so by emphasizing the important choices, such as the project, GiovaniSì, on the expenditure side, or the monitoring and recovery of tax on the revenue side. All of this is now visible on the internet, in a special section on the official website of the Tuscan Region,' said regional budget councillor Riccardo Nencini.
Consult the site, in Italian, at http://tinyurl.com/c9kywwk