Former finance minister Jan Počiatek (Smer) will officially become the new transport, construction and regional development minister, Smer leader Robert Fico said after round-table talks with social partners and representatives of churches and the education sector on Wednesday, March 28.
According to Fico, the party originally contemplated setting up a new deputy prime minister’s post to co-ordinate drawing of EU funds. "But we realised that the most significant Operational Programme is transport, and so it seems sensible to nominate a person who has the options and abilities to speed up the drawing process," said Fico, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
In February MPs passed an amendment to the Act on Aid and Support Provided from EU Funds, which is intended to avert the risk that the country fails to draw all the funds allocated to it for the 2007-2013 programme period.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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29. Mar 2012 at 10:00