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Rusko wants more money for KIA landowners

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Rusko announced that he is planning to propose to the cabinet that former landowners who sold their land to build the KIA car factory be paid the difference between the official evaluation price and the market price, the Pravda daily reported.

This means that the landowners would receive Sk350 (€9) per square metre instead of Sk140 (€ 3.6) per square metre. This proposal has already been rejected once by the cabinet would cost the taxpayer around Sk360 million (€ 9.3 million).

"[Cabinet] ministers have already agreed that this issue will not be re-opened as it would set a very bad precedence for other former landowners, in Trnava for example," said Finance Ministry spokesperson Peter Papánek.

If Rusko's proposal is approved, the landowners would receive an additional Sk210 (€ 5.4) per square metre. "It would be correct," Rusko said.

Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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