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PM Fico says government will not be defeated by the opposition or a hostile media

Prime Minister Robert Fico on April 16 lashed out at the parliamentary opposition for following the mantra that the worse the global economic crisis hurts Slovakia the more it hurts the government, describing their attitude as “disgraceful and deplorable”, reported the TASR newswire.

Prime Minister Robert Fico on April 16 lashed out at the parliamentary opposition for following the mantra that the worse the global economic crisis hurts Slovakia the more it hurts the government, describing their attitude as “disgraceful and deplorable”, reported the TASR newswire.

Fico said the global crisis was not produced by policies of his sitting government which will do everything in its power to ensure that Slovakia's economy survives.

“If we on the government benches are defeated by a global crisis that will be a fair duel. But we won't be defeated either by the anti-government press or the rightist opposition,” Fico told parliament amid the weekly hour of questions to members of the government.

The Prime Minister also dismissed opposition criticism about lagging behind in the drawing of European Union funds, noting that this activity, still in its early stages, is getting going albeit at a slow pace.

The government has invited applications for the allocation of a total of €3.4 billion as part of the 2007-2013 programme period, TASR wrote. According to Fico, the ministry of construction and regional development is expecting to implement some €330 million worth of building projects this year. The projects are to be co-funded by the European Union and create 40,000 jobs. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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