"Prime Minister Robert Fico is convinced that his government achieved more for the people during three months than the Cabinets of Mikulas Dzurinda during eight years."
Macko says ---> This statement is not fully true, for working poor people maybe, but certainly not for unemployed Slovaks pensioners or economically inactive people. The leftist measures taken so far are logical and are not problematic, but if they carry on far to the left then that would not be desirable anymore. <---
After Fico's Cabinet approved the draft state budget for 2007 he said that in spite of bad starting points left by the previous government, they managed to prepare a good budget for people as well as for the trustworthiness of the Slovak crown, which has firmed to a record point.
Macko says ---> well that is not true, Slovakia can afford much more now that the european money and the economy upswing is benefiting the economy handsomely. This is misleading... <---
The budget deficit will be below 3 percent of gross domestic product. The Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) will get SKK 100 million more than originally proposed.
Macko says ---> wise decision and good for Slovakia so it can join the Euro. Its good for the future. <---
The Cabinet will also allocate SKK 5 million to secure an archeological site at Bojna in the Topolcany district. By this the Prime Minister wants to secure that significant findings, which can move dating of the arrival of Christianity in Slovakia before Saints Cyril and Methodius.
Macko says ---> this is not newsworthy... <---
The Cabinet wants to obtain money for its goals by savings in the state administration. "We will not obtain money to the detriment of people, i.e. by hikes in taxes and fees," said Fico.
Macko says ---> no tax hikes anywhere? in all taxes? for how long? <---
Next year ministries must reduce the number of employees in organizations fully or partially financed from the state budget by 20 percent. Their budgets will be lower by 10 percent and they should save 15 percent in public procurement. At the Defense Ministry this will also affect modernization, while the Foreign Affairs Ministry should re-assess the number of employees at embassies. Economy Minister Lubomir Jahnatek said after the Cabinet session that only one minister is satisfied with the state budget - Finance Minister Jan Pociatek. According to the Prime Minister, the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) governor Ivan Sramko also appraised the draft state budget.
Macko says ---> I vote for Ivan Sramko for PM :) <---