The Slovak National Party (SNS) agrees with the idea of reducing the number of Slovakia's ministries after the general election in June and is ready to present its proposals to the government, said SNS chairman Jan Slota at a press conference on January 14, the TASR newswire wrote.
Slota thinks that economy ministry should be joined with the construction and regional development ministry and the environment ministry with the agriculture ministry. Slota also sees scope for merging the culture and education ministries. If such an initiative is not successful, the party is ready to promote the idea of an education, science, research and sports ministry, TASR wrote.
Morevoer, Slota said the interior ministry could merge with the defence ministry to form a armed forces ministry, with its civilian part transferred to the construction ministry. Representatives from SNS's coalition partners, Smer and the Movement for Democratic Slovakia, HZDS, have cast doubt on the wisdom of Slota’s recommendations.
The caucus chief of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), Stanislav Janiš, thinks that the SNS intends to cover up the skulduggery that has occurred in ministries under its control: education, construction and regional development and, until last year, environment. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Jan 2010 at 10:00