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Anti-crisis package passes first reading in parliament

Slovak MPs voted in favour of a government package aimed at minimising the effects of the global economic crisis on Slovakia on February 4. It will now pass to its second reading.

Slovak MPs voted in favour of a government package aimed at minimising the effects of the global economic crisis on Slovakia on February 4. It will now pass to its second reading.

The amendment to the Employment Services Act was supported by opposition MPs, the TASR newswire wrote.

"This is about €133 million in measures that concern the employment support sphere – employees, employers and job-seekers," said Labour Minister Viera Tomanová. A total of €332 million is designed for anti-crisis measures, some of which have yet to be decided. One measure would enable the state to pay some employee levies in cases where an employer might otherwise shed employees for operational reasons.

Also included is the introduction of so-called 'social enterprises' which, according to Tomanová, could create about 10,000 job opportunities. TASR

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