Dzurinda: New government has no vision

THE FORMER Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda has accused the new government of Robert Fico of destruction and cancellation of reforms in yesterday's discussion of the cabinet's program manifesto in parliament.

Your program has no clear priorities because you have no vision for Slovakia, said the ex-PM.

Dzurinda said that the basic feature of the new cabinet's program was the "return". He spoke specifically about taxes. According to the former PM the introduction of the so-called millionaire tax, selective approach to monopolies, reduction of the VAT rate on selected goods and services, deductible items for natural entities and the planned tax on donations will bring about greater administrative demands, lower transparency and complicate the nature of the system, SME wrote.

Dzurinda said he was also concerned with the cautious approach of the new Slovak government towards the EU's efforts to harmonise the tax base.

Other former coalition parties, the Hungarian Coalition Party and the Christian Democratic Movement, also criticized Fico's government program.

As many as 32 speakers were registered for the discussion on the new government's manifesto. It is expected that the parliament will vote on the program, which will simultaneously be a vote of confidence in the new government, today or tomorrow.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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