OLaNO-NOVA Unveils Programme, Lipsic Wants to Angle Big Fishes

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OLaNO chief Igor Matovic (right) and NOVA head Daniel Lipsic (left). (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, February 16 (TASR) – Combatting corruption and reforming education and health care are among the chief points of OLaNO-NOVA’s election programme as presented by party leader Igor Matovic and other figures at a press conference on Tuesday.

Other points of OLaNO-NOVA’s platform include the introduction of public officials’ material accountability, stricter property disclosures from politicians and depoliticising the public administration.

“The fight against corruption is a key one for OLaNO. A country with rampant corruption and impunity for high-positioned villains isn’t a good country,” said the slate number one Veronika Remisova.

In order to catch the big fishes, it’s necessary to replace people in four key posts – prosecutor-general, special prosecutor, Police Corps president and National Crime Agency (NAKA) head, said former interior and justice minister Daniel Lipsic.

“If these posts are taken by brave people, then everyone who breaks the law will be brought to justice,” said Lipsic.

As for health care, it must be patient-oriented, with zero tolerance vis-a-vis stealing, with ensuring more funds for health care providers instead of financial groups, and clear rules.

Meanwhile, OLaNO-NOVA also wants to pursue pro-family policies, including an extension of maternity leave to 12 months (currently between 34-43 weeks – ed. note) while keeping 100 percent of the original salary for the mother, and the setting up of marital and premarital consultancy offices.

“Our society is missing these services,” said Parliamentary Vice-chair Erika

Concerning Roma issue, Government Proxy Peter Pollak promotes the introduction of mandatory preschool education for children from Roma settlements in order to prepare them for primary schools and further education. This will help to raise diligent people out of children in settlements, he believes.

According to Matovic, the party after the March 5 general election will be able to come to terms with any relevant political party, except for Robert Fico’s Smer-SD and the Slovak National Party (SNS).