Political parties dependent on state finances, IVO study shows

MOST POLITICAL parties in Slovakia rely on state funding, according to the latest publication issued by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), a think tank.

MOST POLITICAL parties in Slovakia rely on state funding, according to the latest publication issued by the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), a think tank.

“In the case of most of the relevant parties, their dependency on financial contributions from the state is more than 70 percent, and in some cases even more than 90 percent,” Grigorij Mesežnikov, president of IVO, told the press on May 6 when introducing a book titled “Financing of Political Parties in Slovakia”. He added that this dependency does not influence the democratic political system, but it “impacts the attitudes of the political parties as well as the reactions and trustworthiness of the voters”.

The publication analyses the existing model of securing funding for the political parties’ activities in the context of the party and the election system. It characterises the current model of financing political parties and describes the legislation applied to party financing in previous years. It also includes non-published statistics of the incomes of the relevant political subjects and their expenses on election activities in 1992-2012. The book focuses on parties which, thanks to their election results, were eligible for state funding.

“The aim was to bring an understandable, comparative, universal framework,” Mesežnikov said, as quoted by TASR.

The study also assesses the effectiveness of the use of money in election campaigns in terms of the actual election results. It also analyses what one vote from a voter in the 2012 elections meant for the parties in terms of the financial contributions they received. According to Mesežnikov, the most effective party was Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), which may serve as an example that success does not necessarily depend on how much money is spent in a campaign.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Refugees on a train in Hungary.

Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand

The Slovak government however admitted that “there is a real threat that we will face the pressure of the member states that the migrants are heading to, on our own”.

Prison, illustrative stock photo.

For first time in Slovak History, two lifers may walk out of jail

FOR THE first time in Slovakia’s history, two convicts sentenced to life in prison may be released on parole.

Richnava

Police attacked during skirmish at Roma settlement

POLICE officers came under attack by locals at a Roma settlement near Richňava in Košice Region on September 1. Police were summoned to the settlement by paramedics because of a brawl that erupted between…

PM Robert Fico and his wife Svetlana

Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize

SLOVAK Prime Minister Robert Fico and his wife do not have and have never had any banking accounts in Belize, and do not hold any stake and do not have managerial control in any company registered in Belize.

MOST READ ARTICLES


  1. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  2. Police attacked during skirmish at Roma settlement
  3. Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize
  4. Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo
  5. Land speculators tarnish car plant plan
  6. Fico government firm on anti-migrant stand
  7. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  8. Language enthusiasts prepare the biggest English lesson
  9. V4 summit on immigration to take place in Prague on Friday
  10. For first time in Slovak History, two lifers may walk out of jail
  1. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  2. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  3. Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo
  4. Fico: Countries on outer Schengen border should protect it properly
  5. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  6. Thousands join Plea for Humanity
  7. SEWS leaves Slovakia for Romania, buying the land under the plant
  8. Fico has neither account, nor company stake in Belize
  9. Slovak police discovered dozens of illegal migrants, politicians react
  10. Land speculators tarnish car plant plan
  1. Slovakia and its shameful policy on refugees
  2. Slovak grandfather receives birthday wishes from all over the world
  3. SIAF air fest was attended by 140,000 spectators, many pilots
  4. Refugees die in a truck near Slovak border in Austria
  5. Crooks may land €2 million in land deals for Jaguar Land Rover
  6. Slovak man's story part of Titanic exhibition in Bratislava
  7. Interior Minister surprised by news of refugee camp close to Austrian border
  8. Police stopped extremists’ ride to Gabčíkovo
  9. Increase in number of Slovak millionaires outpaces the rest of Europe
  10. A Slovak placed online ad offers money for shooting migrants