What are the new government’s priorities?

THE Hospodárske noviny has summarised some of the new cabinet’s intentions.

The Smer party is already preparing a proposal to abolish waiting room fees in the health care sector by the end of this year.

A “Christmas present” in the form of an extra payment for the retired is also among the priorities.

The adoption of the euro in January 2009 is unsure. Representatives of the future government have declared they want to keep the deadline only if it is “favourable”.

Smer also wants to come to an agreement on whether low-earning taxpayers should have more deductible items.

The Value Added Tax (VAT) will be decreased to 5 percent on selected goods by next year.

The finance ministry will consider the re-introduction of subsidies for mortgage interest rates.

Among other priorities: the withdrawal of Slovak troops from Iraq, the halting of privatisation, a new tax for banks and financial institutions, a reduction of the excise tax for mineral oils, streamlining bureaucracy.

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