If Smer ruled the country...

IF THE OPPOSITION party Smer were in the cabinet, the party would abolish, change, and re-consider many of what are today seen as the current cabinet's reformist steps.

At a recent party meeting, Smer outlined their cabinet plans in a special document.

According to the Slovak daily SME, measures included in the program are, for example, the cancellation of health fees of Sk20 (€0.50) and Sk50 (€1.20) for drug prescriptions, doctor visits, and stays in hospitals.

Smer, which today enjoys a popular support of about 26 percent according to polls, would also change the current Labour Code and increase the powers of the labour unions.

The party, led by the ambitious Robert Fico, would also reintroduce progressive taxation opposing the recently approved flat tax reform that, as of January 2004, will unify taxes at 19 percent for both individuals and legal entities. Smer also protests the unified 19 percent value-added tax.

Smer wants to delay the launch of the second pillar of the cabinet's pension reform and would not hesitate to plan budgets with a deficit of up to 4.9 percent of the GDP. The current cabinet plans a 2004 deficit of 3.9 percent. Smer would use the extra money for what they see as priority items, including the building of infrastructure.

While the Communist Party embraced Smer's plan, a representative of the country's second biggest opposition party, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia deputy chairman Sergej Kozlík was cautious about Smer's plans.

Analysts as well as some coalition MPs warned that Fico's aggressive strategy against the ruling coalition could make it difficult for Smer to find coalition partners in a possible cabinet involving the self-described centre-left party.

Top stories

No single list of foreigners who are entitled to vote in Slovakia exists.

It is a simple question. How many foreigners vote in Slovakia?

The million-dollar question the state and towns can hardly answer.

24. sep
Reconstruction work on the Monument of Liberation and Victory, unveiled in 1955 in the Dargov mountain pass, which commemorates the liberation of eastern Slovakia from Nazism.

Police have finally found a very old book, arresting alchemy buffs

Set out on a Malá Fatra hike, avoid the Bratislava cable car from Monday.

24. sep
Not all stretches of the long-awaited D4/R7 bypass of Bratislava will open as originally planned.

Problems with Bratislava bypass opening continue

Not all of its stretches will be put into operation on Sunday as officially planned.

24. sep
Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo speaks to foreigners at [fjúžn] festival's "Ask the Mayor" event.

Foreigner’s community has a big voice, but it needs to be more organised

Bratislava Mayor Matúš Vallo addressed the questions and concerns of foreigners in Bratislava during a special Q&A.

23. sep
Skryť Close ad