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Gov't adopts decree to mark 15th anniversary

To mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Slovak Republic, the Government met in Martin on January 2 to adopt a special decree that listed some major commitments to the public. Among them were a promise that the living standard in Slovakia would never decline, regardless of euro introduction and globalization.

To mark the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Slovak Republic, the Government met in Martin on January 2 to adopt a special decree that listed some major commitments to the public. Among them were a promise that the living standard in Slovakia would never decline, regardless of euro introduction and globalization.

At a briefing after the session, Prime Minister Robert Fico said that the decree emphasized the role of the Slovak people in creating the country’s healthy economy and made it clear that the Government has obligations toward them. Fico also pointed to Article 55 of the Slovak Constitution, which reads that although Slovakia has a market economy, it that must be socially and ecologically oriented.

Another of the Government’s commitments in the decree concerned Slovak history. This promise dictated that the country develop a "common sense historicism" as part of its official politics. The decree further laid out the need to expand the educational, cultural and social elite through day-to-day practice.

Soon, the Government is set to adopt several programs mainly aimed at secondary school pupils. The objective is to ensure that good students can, regardless of their social background, acquire further knowledge at renowned schools abroad and learn a foreign language at the same time before taking their final exams, Fico said. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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