The opening of the Agricultural Payments Agency aimed at paying out subsidies and money from EU structural funds has been delayed from the intended July 1.
"The agency is already formally functioning as a section of the ministry. It is not important whether it is formally founded on July 1 or October 1," said Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon.
The ministry spokesperson added that the agency could not begin paying out funds until Slovakia joins the European Union next May.
Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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30. May 2003 at 11:17