EC monitoring report released

THE EUROPEAN Commission has released its last monitoring report on the 10 new EU members, criticizing Slovakia for problems in four areas, including the agriculture sector and preparation for the drawing of EU funds.

EC commissioner Günter Verheugen also said that the overproduction in U.S. Steel Košice was a very serious issue. The Slovak government wants to settle the issue as soon as possible and also pledges to address the remaining problems, including insufficient food hygiene in meat and milk processing firms.

The report also criticized the situation of Roma in Slovakia and the extent of corruption in the country.

Slovakia must address the issues by May 2004 when its entry to the economic bloc is planned.

Otherwise it could face sanctions by the EU.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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