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US congressmen visit Slovakia

A DELEGATION from the US House of Representatives visited Slovakia in early July and met President Ivan Gašparovič and other senior officials.

A DELEGATION from the US House of Representatives visited Slovakia in early July and met President Ivan Gašparovič and other senior officials.

The delegation, led by Congressman William Shuster, discussed with President Gašparovič the weak enforceability of the law in Slovakia and delays encountered in the courts.

“A transparent and reliable judicial system is of great importance for American businessmen,” Shuster told the TASR newswire. “When it comes to these aspects [in Slovakia], we have a certain concern.”

The congressmen and Gašparovič also discussed ways of boosting economic co-operation as well as Slovakia’s presence in NATO’s ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

The status of the state railway companies, air transport and Slovakia’s experience with public-private partnership (PPP) projects were the main points of interest during the congressmen’s meeting with Transport Ministry State Secretary František Palko, according to TASR. In this respect, a discussion was initiated about the possibilities of US companies participating in the sphere of transport in Slovakia.

The congressmen also met one of the deputy speakers of parliament, Renáta Zmajkovičová, who said she would like to intensify relations with the US Congress, particularly exchanging experience regarding a code of ethics for members of parliament and other public officials, the SITA newswire reported.

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