Economy and Construction Minister Juraj Miškov (Freedom and Solidarity party) fundamentally disagrees with a proposed amendment to the Competences Act that is currently under discussion and according to which the Economy and Construction Ministry’s foreign trade powers, with the exception of military materials, would be transferred to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the TASR newswire reported, based on a press report issued by the Economy Ministry on Tuesday, August 3.
According to Miškov, the proposal contradicts the government programme, which contains no mention of transferring foreign trade powers to the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Because of this, the Economy Ministry said it will use all means at its disposal to block the proposal, while searching for an optimal model for co-operation with the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
The Economy Ministry said that losing its management role over foreign trade would significantly weaken its flexibility when dealing with investment and energy issues, and in attempts to improve the business environment. It said it would also mean that processing information and drawing up documents and materials for bilateral talks with foreign partners would be more difficult. Miškov said that there is absolutely no benefit to the proposed change in terms of financial efficiency.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Aug 2010 at 10:00