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Government terminates work of 15 out of 17 advisory bodies

The Slovak government on March 2 terminated the work of 15 of the 17 advisory bodies that had been established in the past. The existence of nine additional advisory bodies is established by law, the TASR newswire reported. "The intensity of the discussion, quality or need for their output and functioning are questionable. It is therefore necessary to reduce the [number of] advisory bodies and make their sessions and outputs more effective," said the Government Office’ statement as quoted by TASR.

The Slovak government on March 2 terminated the work of 15 of the 17 advisory bodies that had been established in the past. The existence of nine additional advisory bodies is established by law, the TASR newswire reported.

"The intensity of the discussion, quality or need for their output and functioning are questionable. It is therefore necessary to reduce the [number of] advisory bodies and make their sessions and outputs more effective," said the Government Office’ statement as quoted by TASR.

The agenda of certain current advisory bodies should be assumed by the nascent Ministerial Council, which will be headed by the premier and composed of individual ministers. If the topic discussed so requires, experts and MPs also will be invited.

The agenda of six advisory councils will be transferred to the Council for Human Rights, Ethnic Minorities and Gender Equality. Meanwhile, the Pricing Council, which was set up as a marketing tool to accompany the adoption of the euro in 2009, is no longer necessary, said Prime Minister Iveta Radičová.

Of the 17 advisory bodies, only the Credit and Guarantee Committee and the Pandemic Commission will continue to exist.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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