President Ivan Gašparovič on Monday, October 25, signed a legislative amendment to the Central State Administration Organisation Act according to which the powers of individual ministries will be changed as of November, the President's Office press department told the TASR newswire.
The tourism agenda and the coordination of the use of EU Funds will be transferred from the Culture and Tourism Ministry to the Transport Ministry. In line with the plans, the Culture Ministry will lose its minority culture agenda. The deputy premier for human rights and minorities will participate in ensuring the provision of radio and TV broadcasting for national minorities. The Transport Ministry will also co-ordinate regional development policies, and will be responsible for the sphere of construction work and products, housing policy and land planning.
According to the amendment, the Economy and Construction Ministry will lose its remit over foreign trade consulates, which will be transferred to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as will the coordination of carrying out EU policies.
The names of three ministries will be altered to reflect the changes. The Economy and Construction Ministry will become simply the Economy Ministry. The Transport, Posts and Telecommunications Ministry will be renamed as the Transport, Construction and Regional Development Ministry, while the Culture and Tourism Ministry will be called simply the Culture Ministry.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Oct 2010 at 14:00