LEADER of the opposition Party of the Hungarian Coalition (SMK) Béla Bugár says that the current government is harmful for Slovak citizens, but they do not yet see this.
"A citizen sees that they [the government] have canceled the Sk20 and Sk50 fees in healthcare and says that this is good. But they don't see that this results in a shortfall of Sk600 million to Sk800 million, which the government must find somewhere in the budget and that it has to take these funds from another sector," Bugár told the SITA news service.
According to Bugár those who do not see now what these policies mean will suffer the most. "People don't see what it will mean for the future if the government starts giving everything away. They don't even see that the economy has started up very well thanks to the production launched in car assembly companies. However, it was not Fico who brought them here," stressed the SMK leader.
Bugár also recalled the pre-election promises of Robert Fico and his Smer party. In his opinion, Fico got into government by deception. "He promised compensation to the clients of collapsed unlicensed deposit companies. But for now he stopped talking about this," he said.
The new government mentions partial compensation for these people sometime during the cabinet’s four-year program. "I agree that it is impossible to compensate those who put their money at risk to the detriment of all citizens. But contrary to Fico, I did not promise compensation for clients of unlicensed deposit companies. Their votes helped him get into power, too," said Bugár.
3. Nov 2006 at 15:50