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SDKÚ-DS MP backs ‘political prudence’ package unveiled by think-tank

An opposition party MP has spoken out in favour of the public funds-saving measures proposed by the Slovak Governance Institute (SGI) think-tank to combat the global economic crisis, the TASR newswire wrote.

An opposition party MP has spoken out in favour of the public funds-saving measures proposed by the Slovak Governance Institute (SGI) think-tank to combat the global economic crisis, the TASR newswire wrote.

SDKÚ-DS MP Ivan Štefanec said he would vote to enact the package of four 'political prudence' measures that would restrict what SGI, formed in October 2001, sees as overspending at the top levels of state and local government.

SGI, through its board chairman Miroslav Beblavý and executive director Ctibor Košťál, urged that all parliamentary parties send a clear signal to citizens that the politicians mean business about austerity during the financial and economic crisis by adopting the package of measures.

The measures proposed to become law would: scrap bonuses for mayors and bring their incomes down to the level of ministers; cap government-granted bonuses for a hundred or so politicians; put a ceiling on buying luxury goods and on cars purchased by the state and local governments; and institute the rule “one politician - one car” to reduce the number of cars used by politicians.

Štefanec declared that he is ready to work with SGI to craft the measures as legislative bills because he views them as rational. Ruling coalition party SNS, according to its spokesperson Jana Benková, sees no reason to comment on the institute's calls. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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