Smer and SNS argue over eurofunds

THE GOVERNING coalition parties have had their first argument. Smer and the nationalist Slovak National Party (SNS) are unable to agree on who should have the most influence over the €11.2 billion in eurofunds due to come Slovakia's way between 2007-2013, Pravda daily reported on July 31.

Smer's Deputy PM for European Affairs, Human Rights and Minorities Dušan Čaplovič wants his office to have control over and oversee the programmes that will be funded by EU money. This activity has traditionally come under the control of the construction and regional development ministry, however, and minister Marian Janušek (an SNS nominee) does not intend to hand over the reins of this activity. "It's an unfortunate proposal. I think that it's a misunderstanding. In order to introduce it, two laws would have to be changed," said Janušek.

Čaplovič denies that he wants to introduce significant changes.

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