Prime Minister Iveta Radičová on October 11 left the meeting of the four-party Coalition Council session for a period of time to attend a meeting with representatives of the Confederation of Trade Unions (KOZ) which is planning mass protests against the government's austerity package for Tuesday, October 12, the TASR newswire reported.
Meanwhile, the coalition partners (SDKÚ, SaS, KDH and Most-Híd) were discussing issues such as the minimum wage, the third (supplementary) pension pillar and construction savings – all areas that will be affected by the austerity package.
The prime minister also confirmed that the Coalition Council will discuss further the fate of the National Agency for Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (NADSME).
"I'm ready to talk about it," said Economy Minister Juraj Miškov (SaS). After it was revealed that €4.5 million was embezzled within NADSME, Radičová ordered Miškov to simply shut down the agency. The minister was rather hesitant about doing so, pointing to several legal obstacles.
The Coalition was also scheduled to discuss the current "catastrophic situation" – as it has been described by Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer (SaS) – at public-service Slovak Television (STV).
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Oct 2010 at 10:00