Economists call on politicians to support Filko’s initiative

A total of 24 economists from the banking sector, NGOs and public institutions have subscribed to the initiative.

Martin Filko, director of the Institute of Financial PolicyMartin Filko, director of the Institute of Financial Policy (Source: Sme)

Economists in Slovakia have called on politicians to support an initiative called “The Best of All Possible Worlds - Value for Money in Slovak Public Policies”, a co-architect of which was missing, presumed deceased economist Martin Filko, the TASR newswire learnt on April 4.

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A total of 24 economists from the banking sector, NGOs and public institutions have subscribed to the initiative. Apart from Filko, the authors are also Štefan Kišš and Ľudovít Ódor.

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The initiative stands a good chance of significantly improving the quality of decision-making processes regarding public resources in Slovakia and could facilitate the search for the best cost-benefit solutions, in this case in terms of benefit to society, according to the text of the appeal.

“We’re convinced that the initiative has the potential to serve as a key reform on Slovakia’s path to becoming a well-governed country,” said Economic Analysts Club chair Juraj Kotian.

The initiative has been addressed to President Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister Robert Fico, all the vice-premiers, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír, Parliamentary Chair Andrej Danko, the Supreme Audit Office chair and other public officials.

In addition, the initiative signatories consider it important for the government to commit itself to carrying out The Best of All Possible Worlds in its Manifesto.

Filko’s canoe capsized on the Danube River in Bratislava on March 28, but his body still has not been found. The text states that the tragedy probably means that Slovakia has lost a respected economist, leader and administrator, but it does not have to lose his work. Filko has left this behind as his legacy and “public testament”.

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“There’s a need to develop an effort to ensure that the important reforms that he was drafting continue and that the people of Slovakia will receive constantly growing value for their money,” reads the initiative.  

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