THREE Ministries, the Health Ministry, the Labour Social Affairs and Family Ministry, and the Agriculture Ministry received loans totalling Sk190 million (€4.83 million) to finance information campaigns promoting economic reforms, the SME daily reported.
The first two ministries borrowed from the World Bank while the Agriculture Ministry received money from the EU. The Agriculture Ministry campaign is managed by a PR company with close links to the minister or his party.
The Health Ministry has for the past week not been able to explain how the Sk120 million (€3 million) it received will be spent.
Agriculture Ministry spokeswoman Katarína Czajlíková said that from the Sk30 million (€754,000) her sector received Sk8.9 million (€223,000) has already been spent on promoting EU agriculture subsidies to Slovak farmers.
Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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3. May 2005 at 10:53