The European Union countries should proceed jointly in approving a loan for Greece – and Slovakia is the only EU country to have said "no" to this aid, the Greek ambassador to Slovakia, Nicolaos Kanellos, told reporters on September 16, the TASR newswire wrote.
“As for Greece, we adhere to European rules and wish that all members of the Union would follow the same policy,” said Kanellos after a lunch with the chairman of Smer party, Robert Fico, who had backed the loan prior to the June elections. Fico, for his part, observed that Slovakia's government should reopen discussions on the loan for Greece. He did not rule out that Smer will initiate debate on this issue in Parliament.
Rado Baťo, spokesman for Premier Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ), told the TASR newswire that he does not see any reason for revisiting the loan issue. “Mr. Fico could have voted on the loan for Greece. He failed to exploit it,” he said.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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17. Sep 2010 at 10:00