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Subsidies in agriculture: state secretary under pressure

WHILE the opposition is demanding that Minister of Agriculture Zsolt Simon lose his post because he applied for subsidies for his own company, similar questions surround State Secretary Marián Radošovský. The Christian Democratic Movement is about to requests an explanation from its nominee.

The Hospodárske noviny daily claims that a Nitra based firm, FaRM, received subsidies from the Agriculture Ministry. According to the Companies Registry, one of the co-owners of the firm is Radošovský. The ministry's website gives evidence that the firm received Sk2.5 million (€64,300) in 2003, according to the daily.

The case of Radošovský is comparable to the case of the Agriculture Minister, Zsolt Simon. His firm Agrotrade Padarovce also received subsidies from the ministry in 2003.

Pavel Nechala of Transparency International compares the case to that of former Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Ľudovít Kaník, in which his firm requested funds from the EU to reconstruct a family owned hotel. He says Kaník resigned and so should Simon.

Compiled by Magdalena MacLeod from press reports
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