The budget - what was said

"We are doing our utmost to return as much stolen property as possible to our common coffers, and we will fight customs and tax evasion."
-Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda

"We are doing our utmost to return as much stolen property as possible to our common coffers, and we will fight customs and tax evasion."

-Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda




"Today's government is looking for hidden reserves only in the pockets of citizens, and this is happening in the face of the pre-election promise of the most responsible party [the reformed communist SDĽ party] - 'A better life for honest people.'"

-Eva Slavkovská, a deputy for the nationalist opposition SNS




"You are hading out property to foreigners instead of among Slovaks. The list of 'sins' you compiled about the former government was incomplete - your definition of theft should include also your own ideological leaders."

-Ján Cuper, legal expert of the opposition HZDS




"Madame Minister, it is inappropriate to sit in parliament with gum in your mouth."

- Former Finance Minister Miroslav Maxon to current Finance Minister Brigita Schmögnerová




"Your only capability was that you were capable of anything."

- Deputy Prime Minister for Economy Ivan Mikloš responding to hecklers from the opposition HZDS, which governed Slovakia from 1994 to 1998


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