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Ombudsman's office gets 2,000 appeals

SLOVAK ombudsman Pavol Kandráč received 2,061 complaints from citizens between March 27, 2002, and March 1, 2003, according to the annual report of the office published on April 18.

The ombudsman's office managed to solve 34 percent of them, 39 percent are in process, and only 27 percent remain in the inbox.

Citizens were complaining mainly of the dilatory Slovak courts and legal proceedings.

Most of the appeals were written by men or pensioners, with students and employed people notably absent from the list.

Kandráč was elected to the post by parliament on March 19, 2002. For 2003, the office received more than Sk23 million (€560,000) in operating funds.

The independent position of ombudsman exists for the protection of the rights of individuals and legal entities.

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