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Ruling parties reach agreement over support for 2004 state budget

The ruling coalition is closer to the adoption of the 2004 state budget law and has set its priorities at Sk850 million (€20.74 million) for agriculture, education, and investment stimuli, the daily SME reported.

Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš believes that he will be able to find the money to satisfy the demands of the ruling coalition partners. However, he remains cautious about increasing the state budget deficit.

The Hungarian Coalition Party has requested Sk340 million (€8.30 million) for direct payments to farmers, while the New Citizen’s Alliance demands Sk300 million (€7.32 million) for investment stimuli.

Ivan Šimko, an independent MP associated with the Free Forum, says that Sk100-200 million (€2.44-4.88 million should flow into information technology, while Sk200-250 million (€4.88-6.10 million) should go into the pocket of regional schools.

The vote on the state budget will be the ultimate test of the strength of the ruling coalition.

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

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