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2001: TWO OUTSTANDING SLOVAKS

The Slovak Spectator's Man & Woman of the Year

A judge battling corruption in her own court, and a diplomat with a broken neck who woul d not stay home from work, have been chosen by The Slovak Spectator's editorial staff as the country's man and woman of the year for 2001.
Jana Dubovcová, the chief justice at Banská Bystrica regional court and a mother of five, stunned the nation's justices by launching a corruption survey among the patrons of her court in April 2001. Over 30% of respondents said they had personally experienced corruption; a far higher share of judges railed at Dubovcová for harming the profession's name.
Ján Figeľ, the Deputy Foreign Minister and Slovakia's point man on European Union entry talks, has steered the country from an integration basket case to front runner in less than two years, and says if the EU were willing, Slovakia could even complete pre-entry tasks by mid-summer next year, before autumn elections bring legislative work to a halt. Self-effacing by nature, he admits to frequent doubts over whether he is the right man for the job.


Ján Figeľ says he has a trust-building game plan for EU negotiations.
photo: TASR


Jana Dubovcová won public respect for her honesty, but put many judges' backs up.
photo: Zuzana Habšudová

A judge battling corruption in her own court, and a diplomat with a broken neck who woul d not stay home from work, have been chosen by The Slovak Spectator's editorial staff as the country's man and woman of the year for 2001.

Jana Dubovcová, the chief justice at Banská Bystrica regional court and a mother of five, stunned the nation's justices by launching a corruption survey among the patrons of her court in April 2001. Over 30% of respondents said they had personally experienced corruption; a far higher share of judges railed at Dubovcová for harming the profession's name.

Ján Figeľ, the Deputy Foreign Minister and Slovakia's point man on European Union entry talks, has steered the country from an integration basket case to front runner in less than two years, and says if the EU were willing, Slovakia could even complete pre-entry tasks by mid-summer next year, before autumn elections bring legislative work to a halt. Self-effacing by nature, he admits to frequent doubts over whether he is the right man for the job.

Slovak figures picked in recent years by The Slovak Spectator include Hungarian ethnic party leader Béla Bugár, Deputy Prime Minister for Economy Ivan Mikloš, gay rights activist Peter Králik, Mikloš advisor Katarína Mathernová, Finance Minister Brigita Schmögnerová, and anti-corruption campaigner Emília Sičáková.

Turn to page 5 to read more about Figeľ and Dubovcová.

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