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Dzurinda weighs first year in office

EVALUATING his first year in office, PM Mikuláš Dzurinda pointed out his cabinet's successful integration into the EU and NATO and successes in the sphere of economic and social reforms, in which he says his Slovak Democratic and Christian Union held a major role.

But a recent survey carried out by the MVK agency was in a sharp contrast to the PM's vision of his cabinet's performance.

The survey, released on October 14, showed that 66 percent of Slovaks see it as a failure.

The PM said, however, that it was his cabinet's reforms and fight against corruption that were causing current tensions in society.

Sociologist Ľubomír Falťan said, however, that the fight against corruption was largely a matter of political declarations. He said to a Slovak daily, Pravda, that "in practical life, a lack of ability [to address it] is showing".

The fact that the ruling coalition lost a formal majority in parliament is not a problem as, the PM said, as he will secure support for key laws through negotiations with independent MPs and with the opposition.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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