Ministry hides funding

The Agriculture Ministry has refused to make public information about who got money from the ministry in the form of funding, or about the amount they received.

Although ministries are obliged to give out similar information when people ask for it under the existing Freedom of Access to Information Law, the Agriculture Ministry's website says: "Information about particular sums of money given to individual business subjects" will not be made public because it would mean a breach of business, banking, and tax secret laws.

According to Michal Ivantyšyn, head of the government agency leading the fight against corruption, "this information must be made public" because ministry funding is fed by taxpayer money.

He added that his agency was working on a central registry of funding which was to be available on the internet.

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