Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova will meet ambassadors from EU member states on Tuesday, September 14 at a lunch in Bratislava’s Crown Plaza hotel that will be hosted by Alain Cools, the Belgian Ambassador to Slovakia, the press department at the Slovak Cabinet Office informed the SITA newswire.
Former prime minister Robert Fico, the leader of the opposition Smer party, also asked the ambassadors for a working lunch due to allegedly tense situation in Europe sparked by Slovakia's decision not to participate in the rescue mechanism to help Greece. The event is expected to take place on Thursday.
Slovakia sparked tensions in the EU when it refused to participate in a loan of €800 million to Greece which had been agreed upon by the previous government. Radičová's cabinet turned it down and has ruled out a change in its position.
Brussels and many other major players in the EU such as Germany expressed showed annoyance and several top officials of the 27-bloc reportedly presented their personal view that Slovakia should be punished by the remaining 26 members.
Finance Minister IvanMikloš participated in a session in the EU finance ministers last week and ruled out that Slovakia might face consequences for its action.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Sep 2010 at 10:00