Danko gets his flagpole erected

Coalition MPs and their supporters will pay for the pole.

A new flagpole is erected on August 14 in front of the Slovak parliament building in Bratislava.A new flagpole is erected on August 14 in front of the Slovak parliament building in Bratislava.(Source: Sme)

Nobody knew at first why there was a big hole in the ground by the Slovak parliament a few weeks ago. It later turned out that Speaker Andrej Danko was planning to have a 30-metre-high flagpole erected.

The pole, meant to be higher than the one in Budapest, was raised on August 14 in the end, the TASR newswire reported.

“It will be officially made accessible, with a Slovak flag, during the September 1 ceremony,” Daniel Guspan, a head of the parliament's chancellery, told TASR.

On this day Slovakia celebrates the Constitution Day.

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At the start, it was not even known how much Slovak taxpayers would have to pay for Danko's wish to have a new and taller flagpole.

Later, it surfaced that the construction would cost €58,000, as reported by the Sme daily. After criticism, it was promised that no money would be spent on the flagpole from the state budget.

Coalition MPs and more than 100 supporters have collected €61,000 to pay for the pole. For example, Danko and Guspan contributed €9,000 each, and Smer head Robert Fico gave €1,000.

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