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Regulations target lavish receptions

[CLI Code] CLI.N.16765408(EN) 

  • Release Date:12-10-2013
  • Source:Global Times
Public spending on official receptions will be listed as a separate item in authorities' budgets in another high-profile move against extravagance, according to national regulations issued on Sunday.

The regulations, issued by the general offices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council, list 38 banned practices for receptions.

They promote frugal official receptions and a system of centralized management of resources for reception expenses, the Government Offices Administration announced in a statement released on Sunday according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The separate reception budget will be limited. Visiting officials themselves must pay for their own travel, conference and training expenses.

The regulations ban shark fins, cigarettes and up-market liquors at official dinners. They prohibit conferences and activities at tourist attractions or entertainment venues.

The regulation is expected to halt lavish official receptions, said Zhang Xixian, a professor with the Party School of the CPC Central Committee.

"With strict rules on reception items in the budget, the receiving work units will spend much less than before," he told the Global Times on Monday.

Local governments and authorities are famous for extravagant receptions and ostentatious welcomes to visiting higher-level officials.

The "eight-point" bureaucracy and formal rules were introduced by the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in December last year, requiring Communist Party officials to cut extravagant working styles.
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