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Arms license publication urged

THE CENTRAL anti-corruption body at the Government Office has supported a call by the Customs Directorate that a study of arms export licenses issued last year by an Economy Ministry commission be made public. The office said the issue of licenses is a public matter, and making the names of companies exporting arms public would significantly improve transparency in the sector. Slovakia last year saw a number of arms shipments impounded for license infractions; on February 6 this year, the arms export license commission was reorganised after The Slovak Spectator reported that three members of the license commission sat on the boards of arms trading firms.

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