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Gašparovič honours Slovaks

SLOVAK President Ivan Gašparovič presented 20 public personalities with state awards January 1. The government originally proposed 13 people for awards but the president decided to honour seven more personalities, according to the daily SME.

Gašparovič decided to award the Pribina Cross First Class to the head of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV), Štefan Luby, and posthumously to linguist Anton Habovštiak, and, also posthumously, to theatre director Pavol Haspra. Gašparovič gave the Pribina Cross First Class to the former Ambassador to the Vatican, Anton Neuwirth, following the government’s proposal.

Before presenting the awards, the president expressed dissatisfaction with the way candidates are proposed. He said that the government is more interested in putting forward people more “visible” in the media, such as actors and sports personalities, and fails to recognize the achievements of scientists and ordinary people.



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