Deputy Prime Minister for Investment Ľubomír Vážny, is currently negotiating the amount that Slovakia is to be fined for abusing EU funds, with some estimates predicting it could be as much as €100m.
Notwithstanding its negative impact on the country’s economy, he newspaper’s editorial voices support for the fine, which it believes will encourage more responsible behaviour from the country’s politicians —
… we are not the first country to have abused EU funds. But now the Commission has a found a solution. In the event of suspicions, it can impose heavy fines, […] which will put paid to the vague notion that the misuse of funds from Brussels is not a serious problem.
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