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Coalition leaders agree on 2009 budget

The leaders of three parties of the ruling coalition on September 9 reached an agreement with Finance Minister Ján Počiatek on a draft of the state budget for 2009, the SITA newswire wrote.

The leaders of three parties of the ruling coalition on September 9 reached an agreement with Finance Minister Ján Počiatek on a draft of the state budget for 2009, the SITA newswire wrote.

The Slovak National Part (SNS) did not manage to increase the budget of ministries headed by its nominees to the extent that it originally requested. An additional Sk2 billion (€66.39 million) was allocated for the Education Ministry; Sk2 billion (€66.39 billion) for the Environment Ministry; and Sk1 billion (€33.19 million) for the Construction and Regional Development Ministry.

SNS chairman Ján Slota also said the coalition had agreed to increase the budget of the justice and agriculture ministries, which are headed by HZDS nominees. SITA

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