SEVERAL parents and their disabled children came to the office of Banská Bystrica Region Governor Marian Kotleba, but ended at the reception. They inquired about the destiny of the social care house (DSS) Slatinka, near Lučenec, Sme reported on November 8.
Kotleba received a petition signed by more than 5,100 parents of clients in social care houses in Lučenec and Ladomerská Vieska and parents of disabled children. They requested him to sign a deal on allocating €2.35 million from EU funds for social integration of mentally disabled and handicapped people. People who were waiting in front of the office learned that Kotleba was not in the building. He later came and spoke to the people only in the reception area. Kotleba restated that he cannot sign the agreement because he would violate the law.
The management of DSS Slatinka wants to use money for moving the last third of people from an old manor house near Lučenec to smaller family houses in the city centre.
“Deinstitualisation is necessary,” DSS Slatinka Director Denisa Nincová said, as quoted by Sme. “It’s a tool for securing human rights such as the right for decent life, integrated education, with a work and non-barrier environment.”
A former habitant of DSS Slatinka Angeliga, 43, was living in the manor house for 13 years and said that she had nothing to do there. Later she moved to a family house in the centre of Lučenec and after six years of living there she was able to leave the social care system, and find work as well as a partner.
“We were closed and sad there,” Angeliga said, as quoted by Sme. “Now I have a boyfriend and a wonderful life.”
On the other hand, Kotleba wants to reconstruct the mansion and bring people back there.
“None of us would choose some of those small objects for their relatives instead of a beautiful huge manor house with land,” Kotleba said, as quoted by Sme. “Why we don’t bring people back to the place where they had fantastic possibilities for relax and therapy? It is total irresponsibility to let the mansion decay and take from people the possibility to live decently instead of surviving and waiting for death.”
Observers of the Slovak political scene suggest that the repeated regional government’s reluctance to contribute to the EU-funded projects might stem from Kotleba’s anti-EU views. For example, Kotleba expressed such views in a January 30 letter to the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. In the letter, Kotleba called on Yanukovych to save Ukraine while he still has time, calling NATO a terrorist organisation that is only trying to shift its borders closer to Russia, and accusing the EU of only seeking new markets.
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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10. Nov 2014 at 14:00