The Opposition will not allow anybody to muzzle it in a democratic Slovakia, SDKÚ-DS leader Mikuláš Dzurinda said on December 13.
"It is very abnormal that the government wants to send us to jail and accuses opposition representatives of high treason," Dzurinda said.
Slovakia has become a civilized country since joining the EU, and also this year was civilized, Dzurinda continued. However, some things were unacceptable.
The SDKÚ chairman understands the heated debate that erupts between the coalition and the opposition when topics like pension reform, health care reform or the Labour Code are discussed. He even understands that it is within the government’s power to repeal reforms with which it disagrees.
But he does not believe it is acceptable for the government not to have offered any alternatives over the past year and a half. He said that, for example, Labour Minister Viera Tomanová was not able to say, or even interested in, what would happen to Slovak pensioners fifteen years from now. A similar situation is exists in the health sector, he said.
Dzurinda can understand increasing subsidies to the farm sector but it is not logical that the subsidy per cow equals almost the same as the benefits paid to a family per child. It is not acceptable when child care benefits remain unchanged and support to education is being ignored.
According to SDKU-DS deputy chairman Ivan Mikloš, Slovakia has taken a wrong turn under SMER-SD’s leadership. This government threatens sustainable economic development, worsens the business environment and is deforming the tax system, he said. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Dec 2007 at 16:30