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SocioForum calls on Privilégium to return Labour Ministry subsidy

Independent NGO SocioForum, which operates in the social services sector, called on fellow NGO Privilégium (Privilege) on August 9 to return a subsidy that it received from the Labour Ministry.

The ministry recently approved a subsidy worth Sk1.5 million (€44,800) for Privilégium despite the organization owing more than Sk17 million to state-owned social security provider Sociálna Poisťovňa.

According to the SocioForum, financial contributions, grants and subsidies from public budgets are an important source of funding for the public service activities of non-profit organizations.

"The setting of uniform and verifiable conditions for obtaining these finances and meticulous checks for adherence by responsible bodies and the public are the only ways to ensure fair competition and prevent corruption and cronyism,” the organization said.

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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