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Smer puts plans to merge Interior and Defence Ministries on hold

Smer party has put its plans to merge the defence and interior ministries on hold for now, the TASR newswire reported. "It remains only theoretical for now. We'll focus on a major overhaul from below instead ... a major merger would probably be too hurried," Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák (Smer) told TASR last week. However, he added that the two ministries will seek "joint ways" to manage their finances in a more efficient manner.

Smer party has put its plans to merge the defence and interior ministries on hold for now, the TASR newswire reported.

"It remains only theoretical for now. We'll focus on a major overhaul from below instead ... a major merger would probably be too hurried," Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák (Smer) told TASR last week. However, he added that the two ministries will seek "joint ways" to manage their finances in a more efficient manner.

Defence Minister Martin Glváč (also from Smer) echoed Kaliňák's views. "After a preliminary analysis has been made I don't think it (the merger) is in store in the upcoming days or months ... there are too many hurdles," he said. He added that an actual merger would not be "the right path" because the two ministries are "incompatible".

Source: TASR)

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