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Labour minister plans to resign

SLOVAK Labour Minister Ľudovít Kaník told the press that after October 12 he will resign from his post. The reason he gave was that he and his family applied for financial support from the EU structural funds.

He said he realized that it was a mistake to apply for the funds.

The firm Kaník, which belongs to Kaník and his wife, requested Sk22 million (€565,000) from Euro-funds for the completion of their facility.

The media has been putting pressure on Kaník. On October 4, the daily SME wrote that Kaník, who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party, probably violated the code of ethics of his own party.

The code reads that neither the party chairman nor the spouse shall apply for any state order within the process of public procurement. The code also reads that in cases of the violation of the rules the chairman will be recalled from the post.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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