SLOVAK citizens do not have to fear a dramatic rise in prices after Slovakia joins the European Union on May 1, Slovak Deputy PM for EU Integration Pál Csáky said during the first of many EU integration ceremonies.
Some commodities are even likely to become cheaper since Slovakia will be a part of a common custom zone, Csáky told the news wire TASR.
Following the ceremony, which took place in front of the Government Office, the deputy prime minister said he was looking forward to waking up every morning with the feeling of being "a worthier citizen".
"I'll be part of a great entity where I'll be able to claim my rights," Csáky told journalists after the ceremony, in which the Slovak and EU flags were raised to the tunes of the Slovak national anthem and Beethoven's Ode to Joy.
The event was attended by the public, church officials, representatives of cultural life, and foreign diplomats, including, for example, Irish Ambassador to Slovakia Thomas Lyons, and Eric van der Linden, the head of the European Commission Delegation to Slovakia.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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30. Apr 2004 at 9:58