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President signs salary-freezing amendment

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič has signed an amendment passed by parliament last month which freezes the salaries of selected senior state officials at 2008 levels.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič has signed an amendment passed by parliament last month which freezes the salaries of selected senior state officials at 2008 levels.

The amendment to the Law on Income Tax stipulates that members of the Slovak and European Parliaments, the president, cabinet members, state secretaries, top representatives of central state administration bodies - for example, heads of regional offices - as well as the heads of the Statistics Office and the Antitrust Office will next year receive the same salary as they did this year.

Not included in the amendment are the director general of the social security provider Sociálna Poisťovňa or the heads of state-run health-insurance companies or state-run firms, who will receive salary increases as normal. Jana Laššáková, an MP for one of the governing coalition parties, Smer, said that the salaries of judges and prosecutors would also rise next year.

Laššáková said that the state would save Sk12 million (€398,000) as a result of the partial freeze, which was prompted by the global economic crisis. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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