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SDKÚ promises slimmer government

THE RULING Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), led by PM Mikuláš Dzurinda, promises fewer government ministers and bureaucrats, a balanced state budget by 2010, support for a knowledge-based economy and lower taxes after the next elections.

At a party meeting in Košice, the SDKÚ approved an election program entitled "It's About a Successful Slovakia". The program also focuses on support for education and infrastructure, which should be the main recipients of EU funds.

The party wants to cancel the minimum wage for the long-term unemployed. According to the SDKÚ, employers could hire these people for lower wages, and the state could make up the difference, the Pravda daily wrote.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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