Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has reduced the number of members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 36 to 17, the presidential press service has reported.

Such changes are envisaged by the first stage of administrative reform, which began on December 9, 2010.

This reform foresees significant changes in the structure of the executive branch of government. Six types of central executive bodies were determined, in particular, ministries, services, inspectorates, agencies, independent regulators and bodies with special status.

"A total of 112 central executive bodies were reduced to 63, including 16 ministries, 28 services, 12 agencies and 7 inspectorates," reads the statement.

In addition, the number of Cabinet of Ministers employees (1,174 people) will be reduced by more than half.

The post of chief of staff and deputy minister will be introduced. At the same time, ministers will have two deputies with political status.

The first organizational meeting has been held of the new Cabinet of Ministers' composition, formed in accordance with the presidential decree on optimization of the system of central bodies of executive power.

The head of government, Mykola Azarov, ordered the Cabinet members to immediately begin the process of liquidation and restructuring of ministries and departments, to take appropriate measures and reduce the number of units of the Cabinet of Ministers' Secretariat, ministries and departments.

As UKRINFORM reported with reference to the Department of Information and Communications of the Cabinet of Ministers' Secretariat, the Prime Minister emphasized that the goal of the administrative reform is to improve government effectiveness, interaction of the central organs of executive power, and at the second stage local administrations.

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