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Transport Ministry still withholding contract on sale of Slovak Telecom

THE TRANSPORT Ministry again refused to publish data from the contract between the state and German telecom company Deutsche Telekom (DT) on the sale of Slovak Telecom to DT three years ago, the Pravda daily wrote.

The publication is demanded by the NGO Občan a Demokracia (Citizen and Democracy). The NGO suspects that the contract obliged Slovakia not to approve any laws or decisions that would be disadvantageous to DT.

The ministry refuses to publish the contract, arguing that it is a state secret.

In December last year, however, the Supreme Court ruled that the Transport Ministry should deal with Občan a Demokracia’s request, and explain which parts of the contract are secret and why.

However, the ministry insists that it is acting in line with the Supreme Court verdict.

"The court did not say that we should publish business data and the contract as a whole," said Transport Ministry spokesman Tomáš Šarluška.

Občan a Demokracia is determined to continue demanding the publication of the contract, and is prepared to go to court again.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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