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EC to scorn Slovakia over bribery

SOURCES from Brussels said that Slovakia would be criticized for bribery and lack of transparency in the public sphere in an evaluation report that the European Commission (EC) is to release November 5.

The criticism in this final EC report before Slovakia's entry into the EU was prompted by a series of unclear tenders in Slovakia, as well as quick replacements at important security posts in the country, the Slovak daily Pravda wrote.

Only recently, Defence Minister Ivan Šimko and Ján Mojžiš, head of the National Security Office (NBÚ), were recalled.

Among Slovakia's other outstanding EU issues are the approval of an anti-discrimination law and effective schemes to draw farm subsidies from the EU.

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