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Slovak NGOs complain to PES about Smer

With the Party of European Socialists (PES) about to decide whether to restore its suspended provisional membership to the Smer party, a group of Slovak NGOs has sent a letter criticising Smer to the PES leader.

The NGOs that belong to the Ekofórum association sent the letter to PES head Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, saying Smer is not pursuing a social democratic agenda and has done nothing to dispel concerns PES raised last year.

They said the central agenda of the party is nationalism that keeps together the whole governing coalition. Ekofórum activists warn that some measures of the government in Slovakia are returning the country to the period before 1989. They also complain that Smer has supported every legislative initiative that harms environmental protection and limits democracy.

Ekofórum brings together 21 environmental NGOs from across Slovakia.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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