Transparency International: Program weak in fight against corruption

THE GOVERNMENT program of Robert Fico’s cabinet is weak in terms of fighting corruption claims the non-governmental organisation Transparency International Slovakia (TIS) in a statement released on August 4.

Although corruption is perceived in Slovakia as one of the most significant problems by 27 percent of population (Focus agency survey, March 2006), TIS says that the government doesn't reflect this fact in its program and that fighting corruption forms only a marginal part of the program. "Individual measures are formulated only generally," according to TIS.

TIS also criticised the new government because it didn't bind itself to narrowing the immunity of MPs, increasing transparency for financing political parties or putting a system of controls in place relating to conflict of interest cases. "It's not clear what measures the government wants to introduce to increase transparency concerning the handling of EU funds and providing subsidies." In a similar vein, the TIS statement indicates that the program makes only small strides in the area of public tenders, the news agency TASR reported.

TIS did evaluate positively the Government's interest in continuing to publish court decisions and its effort to introduce recordings of court cases and to make the records of court cases available to the public.

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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