The government did not deal with the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the EU’s bailout loan to Greece on Wednesday, July 14, but will instead discuss these issues separately at an extraordinary session today (July 15), the Government Office press department said on Wednesday, July 14, as reported by the TASR newswire.
The EFSF and the assistance for Greece were discussed by Prime Minister Iveta Radičová and Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday this week. Representatives of the governing centre-right parties will look at the results of those negotiations and consider further steps at their first Coalition Council session since the Coalition Agreement was signed. Europe is still awaiting Slovakia’s signature on the EFSF agreement. The new Slovak government has reservations about it, but has said it does not intend to block it. The creation of the mechanism was approved on behalf of Slovakia by the former government led by Robert Fico.
The coalition partners wanted to meet before the government debated the matter, Radičová said on Wednesday. “Directly after my arrival from Brussels on Tuesday evening, the coalition partners asked for a meeting before the government session on this issue. I respected this request and suggested steps and the solution of summoning an extraordinary government [session] tomorrow [Thursday], only after the Coalition Council session,” she remarked at a press conference.
“When and whether something is signed will result from a political decision made at the Coalition Council session today [Wednesday] and how the government decides tomorrow [Thursday],” Mikloš said. He added that the new government can only choose from among bad options, but wants to make a responsible decision.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Jul 2010 at 10:00