Several ministries in Slovakia will have their responsibilities changed as of November, according to an amendment to the General Administration Act passed by parliament on Wednesday, October 13, the TASR newswire reported.
The Culture and Tourism Ministry will lose its tourism agenda and coordination of the drawing and use of financial resources from the European Union will be transferred to the remit of the Transport Ministry.
Former culture minister and current MP Marek Maďarič (Smer) called this a purposeful weakening of that ministry in order to appease one of the ruling coalition’s partners. Justice Ministry State Secretary Mária Kolíková, an MP from SDKÚ who submitted the proposal, told the TASR newswire that the decision was political in nature but added that she did not think that the tourism agenda belonged to the Culture Ministry anyway.
The Culture Ministry will also lose its authority over minority cultural issues which will be transferred to the Vice-Prime Minister for Minorities, Rudolf Chmel. Based on the amendment, Chmel will also be partly responsible for carrying out tasks concerning radio and television broadcasting for minorities.
The Transport Ministry will coordinate regional development policies after November while the Economy and Construction Ministry will be authorised to carry out trade in military goods.
The names of three ministries will also change. The Economy and Construction Ministry will be renamed as only the Economy Ministry. The Transport, Post and Telecommunication Ministry will become the Transport, Construction and Regional Development Ministry. The Culture and Tourism Ministry becomes simply the Culture Ministry.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Oct 2010 at 14:00