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EC finds Slovakia the least prepared candidate

The European Commission (EC) has found Slovakia the least prepared candidate for EU entry in a report on the candidates' readiness to draw EU funds. Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda refused to comment on Brussels' criticism saying he needs to take a closer look at the EC report.

Deputy Prime Minister Pál Csáky who is responsible for EU integration affairs said the report was "out-of-date," Pravda daily reported.

EU Commissioner for Regional Development Michel Barnier suggested that two countries, Slovakia and Latvia, have evoked more concerns than other candidates.

"Little time is left. There is no space for further delays," EU Commissioner for Enlargement Gunter Verheugen stressed.

Compiled by Beáta Balogová from press reports
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