"It can't go on this way. We are starting a concerted fight against corruption."
Mikuláš Dzurinda, announcing the National Fight Against Corruption programme February 28, 2000
"After receiving and studying their [the public's] comments and information [on the anti-corruption draft document], an Action Plan will be produced by the end of the first half of 2000, which will contain concrete steps, will assign responsibilities to central state ministries, and will set dates for the fulfilment of individual measures."
National Fight Against Corruption programme document, approved by cabinet June 21, 2000 and put on the Slovak government official website at www.government.gov.sk/bojprotikorupcii
"We decided to agree on concrete action plans to be produced by all ministries and submitted to the government on September 13."
Mikuláš Dzurinda at a press conference July 3.
"The deadlines were delayed because of lack of capacity at state bodies. It's not that we lack the will."
Deputy PM Ivan Mikloš explaining at the same conference that the delay had been caused by lack of manpower at the ministries, which had been asked to script the action plans in addition to their regular duties.
"If the government doesn't come up with a concrete and systematic programme soon, it may endanger the implementation of such changes during this election term."
Emília Sičáková, head of Transparency International Slovakia, July 4.
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