Coalition leaders met in Trenčín and Košice

RULING coalition leaders Robert Fico (Smer), Ján Slota (Slovak National Party, SNS) and Vladimír Mečiar (Movement for Democratic Slovakia, HZDS) met over lunch in Trenčín on November 25 to discuss current problems between them.

Following a meeting last week of the coalition council, a senior government body comprising the three men, the weekend luncheon was the second time the leaders had met within a few days after not having formally talked since September.

"The talks focused on what wasn’t discussed - due to lack of time - at the coalition council meeting on November 22, such as the future of M.R. Štefánik Airport in Bratislava," said Prime Minister Fico.

A day later, on November 26, the three leaders met again at an informal lunch in Košice. The three politicians wanted to talk without media attention, Fico's spokesperson Silvia Glendová told the Pravda daily.

"I don't know what is so unusual about us having lunch. If this is a crime, then punish us for it. However, I think the media receive all the information they need to receive," Fico said.

"The government must govern in this country, which is why I'm not a big fan of frequent coalition council meetings. We will behave in this spirit in the future as well. I prefer informal meetings to organising coalition council meetings and pretending that the council is the most important executive body in the country," Fico said.

According to the prime minister, the "friendly working Fico-Slota-Mečiar lunch" took up the possibilities for fast-tracking the construction of highways, as well as foreign policy. Fico added that the lunch had brought the three men closer on many topics.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Senate voted STU rector down. Police called to the uni as well

The session of the Academic Senate proposed that Rector Fikar be dismissed.

Miroslav Fikar

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks

People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.

Volunteering in developing countries is an adventure from beginning to end

Slovak Jozef Baňás spent 12 months volunteering in Georgia.

Jozef Baňás