Mečiar says Slovakia needs a minister for European affairs

THE LEADER of the opposition party Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, Vladimír Mečiar, thinks that Slovakia should have a minister for European affairs as soon as possible, the news wire SITA reported.

If the ruling coalition does not create such a post after the approval of the European Constitution, Mečiar said he would propose it himself.

Mečiar already has his candidate for the post: current EU commissioner Ján Figel. He says that Figel would be better suited for the ministerial post than to serve as commissioner.

Mečiar also suggested that each ministry have a state secretary for EU agenda.

The proposal is the first major public statement that Mečiar has made since his defeat in the country's presidential elections.

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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