SOCIOLOGIST Iveta Radičová will replace Ľudovít Kaník as Labour, Social Affairs and Family Minister, the executive board of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union decided, the daily Hospodárske noviny reported.
Minister Kaník announced his resignation last week after the media had exposed the fact that the minister’s family firm asked for and got a financial grant from EU funds.
It is the fifth change in the cabinet of the PM Mikuláš Dzurinda. Opposition party Smer has also called for the dismissal of Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon for approving a subsidy to a company, Agrotrade Padarovce, of which he was a co-owner.
Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) chairman Béla Bugár defended his agriculture minister. According to him Simon’s case is not the same as Kaník's. While there is a possibility of biased decisions when asking for EU funds, every firm that fulfilled certain criteria automatically got a subsidy.
Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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17. Oct 2005 at 10:44