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Bratislava Castle work needs more funds allocated says Speaker of Parliament

A decision whether the reconstruction work on Bratislava Castle will proceed according to schedule is not yet final, Speaker of Slovak Parliament Pavol Paška announced at a press conference on May 7, the TASR newswire wrote. “The finance minister has committed 50 percent of the total expenses amounting to Sk300 million (€9.96 million) that the government has set aside for this year,” said Paška, according to TASR.

A decision whether the reconstruction work on Bratislava Castle will proceed according to schedule is not yet final, Speaker of Slovak Parliament Pavol Paška announced at a press conference on May 7, the TASR newswire wrote.

“The finance minister has committed 50 percent of the total expenses amounting to Sk300 million (€9.96 million) that the government has set aside for this year,” said Paška, according to TASR.

Paška added that he will try to discuss this with Prime Minister Robert Fico soon, so that no suspension of the reconstruction works or its termination needs to take place. He also criticised the former government, saying that it did not invest any funds into the reconstruction of this ‘natural cultural monument’ and yet now questions the results of the tender for the castle’s reconstruction and the allocated funds, wrote TASR.

“It's not three billion crowns (€90.38 million) that's at stake, as (opposition SDKÚ-DS party vice-chairman and former Finance Minister) Ivan Mikloš is saying,” said Paška. The Speaker of Parliament added that reconstruction amounting to only Sk1 billion (€33.19 million) is scheduled to take place by 2010, with further reconstruction to be undertaken in the castle's immediate surroundings in the years to come, TASR wrote.

The reconstruction work is being done by Váhostav, a company that is co-owned by entrepreneur Juraj Široký, who is an alleged sponsor of the main governing Smer party. Paška pointed out that Váhostav has vast experience in the area of reconstruction works and properly won the international tender for the castle's reconstruction. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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