Saturday, July 02, 2005

Belgium Web Site Helps Gov't Cut Red Tape

An AP newswire article, via Yahoo! News, reports that:

Belgians suffering under a morass of contradictory, complicated or just plain absurd regulations have for two years had a place to make their complaints known: a Web site called Kafka set up by their government.

The rare flash of bureacratic humor has had tangible results: a savings of $281 million over two years, Belgian officials said Friday.

The site was set up by the government in 2003, encouraging individuals and businesses to come up with examples of needless and regulations. It was named after Franz Kafka, the late Czech-German author who hated irrational authority and whose work defined the alienated modern world of the 20th century.


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