A dispute surrounding the funding of the so-called Slovak House in the Hungarian village of Mlynky (Pilisszentkereszt in Hungarian) might soon be resolved, with the deputy state secretary of Hungary’s Public Administration and Justice Ministry, Csaba Latorcsai, expected to sign a treaty on funding the ethnic-Slovak institution later this week, the TASR newswire reported.
The dispute was caused by the weakening of the Hungarian forint against the euro, which is the official currency in Slovakia. Slovakia and Hungary in the past agreed to provide the same amount to the Slovak House. While Slovakia has provided €492,000 for the project, the Hungarian government agreed to hand over HUF126 million. Due to the fall in the value of Hungarian forint, this currently represents only €440,000, however.
Spokesperson for the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad (USZZ) Tomáš Šarluška confirmed that the Hungarian government will now provide around €14,000 per year to the Slovak House for a period of three years.
The centre for ethnic Slovaks in Mlynky is scheduled to be opened in June, but this will depend on the programmes of the prime ministers of Slovakia and Hungary, Robert Fico and Viktor Orbán, respectively, TASR wrote.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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