Azarov's cabinet has highest number of ministers in Europe

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March 16, 2010, 12:23 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The new Ukrainian government consists of 29 ministers instead of 16-18 average.

The new Ukrainian government consists of 29 ministers, which is the highest number of ministers in Europe. "A total of 16-18 ministers work in an ordinary government of democratic Europe, including a premier and his or her deputies. In particular, the cabinets of Germany, Portugal and Spain have such a number of portfolios," Deutsche Welle reported.

The governments of France and Sweden have a larger number of ministers - 20 and 22 respectively. Italy has the largest cabinet consisting of 24 ministers.

"Meanwhile, ten officials in Rome are 'ministers without a portfolio," who are considered cabinet members responsible for certain work, but they don't have a wide range of ministerial authorities and a big agency," reads the report.

The Ukrainian government is also Europe's only government that has no women in its composition.

"This is a unique cabinet in modern Europe. Several women usually work in the European government," reads the report.

The Ukrainian government also ranks second in Europe in terms of the number of its vice premiers, as there are currently seven vice premiers in the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers.

According to the report, there are usually two or three vice premiers in European governments: "Economic or financial departments are usually in their subordination, or sometimes it could be a foreign ministry."
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