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Website to list politicians' property and contacts

SOON people need no longer just guess about politicians' business and personal relationships, and whether they lay behind their decisions. Instead, they will be able to check their contacts and property on a website, www.politikaopen.sk, the SITA newswire reported.

SOON people need no longer just guess about politicians' business and personal relationships, and whether they lay behind their decisions. Instead, they will be able to check their contacts and property on a website, www.politikaopen.sk, the SITA newswire reported.

The Fair-Play Alliance has launched the website, in which it will bring concrete and verifiable information about the connections, commercial relationships, and property interests of Slovak politicians.

"The project is a direct reaction to the long-standing inability of parliament to make supervision of conflicts of interest workable or to make the vague property reports of public servants into a very concrete document," Zuzana Wienk from the Fair-Play Alliance said at a press conference on March 19 at which the non-governmental organisation introduced the website.

Wienk said that it is up to politicians or other public figure whether they join the project or not. Those who join will get a password which allows them to upload and update information about themselves completely independently.

So far, three local government politicians have revealed information about their contacts and properties. Another 19 politicians say they will join the project shortly. During the first phase of the project the alliance contacted about 300 politicians, said Wienk. Local government politicians in particular showed an interest, most of them from the Žilina Region.

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