Law enforcement and court delays in Slovakia were the key topics discussed at a meeting between President Ivan Gašparovič and a delegation from the US Congress headed by Representative William Shuster on July 2, the TASR newswire reported.
"A transparent and reliable judicial system is of great importance for American businessmen. When it comes to these aspects [in Slovakia] we have a certain concern," Shuster stated, as quoted by TASR, adding that law enforcement and the fight against corruption are key factors for potential American investors. The president assured the congressmen that Slovakia's legislative system is good but shortcomings exist regarding law enforcement, TASR wrote.
The members of the US Congress and Gašparovič also discussed ways of boosting economic co-operation as well as Slovakia's presence in NATO's ISAF mission in Afghanistan. "Slovakia is a very reliable partner within NATO. Slovak special units are ever more involved and they are a great contribution to the mission," said Shuster.
The status of the railway companies, aviation transport and Slovakia's experience with the public-private partnership (PPP) projects were the main points of interest for members of the US House of Representatives when they met Transport Minister State Secretary František Palko on the same day.
The congressional delegation is led by Shuster, who sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and serves as a chairman of Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee. Shuster was particularly interested in the problems Slovakia faces when it comes to transport as well as its plans for infrastructure development and financing.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Jul 2012 at 10:00