The largest party in the governing coalition, Smer, on April 14 described statements by the SDKÚ opposition party decrying Slovakia’s progress in drawing EU funds as a twisting of facts and publishing of half-truths.
Deputy Prime Minister Dušan Čaplovič, a Smer nominee, pointed out that at the beginning of the present government's term in 2006, the cabinet had to focus on drawing EU funds from the 2004-2006 period, a period when the SDKÚ had been in government. Čaplovič noted that at that time, the drawing of EU funds stood at approximately 10 percent of the money available, while Slovakia has now drawn as much as 98 percent of the money allocated, and will be able to draw the rest by June 30, the TASR newswire wrote.
"[SDKÚ MP] Eduard Kukan has lied by evaluating the current state of drawing the EU funds allocated for 2007-2013 now, as the new rules allow us to draw it within the next three years. So, for example, we can draw on finances for 2007 up to the end of 2010," said government spokesperson Braňo Ondruš. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Apr 2009 at 14:00