Sulik: Fico’s Insistence on Slovakia Joining EU’s Core Dangerous

SaS chairman Richard Sulik (TASR archive)

Bratislava, June 6 (TASR) – Slovakia most certainly shouldn’t strive to be in the A class of EU-member countries as insisted on by Prime Minister Robert Fico, who hasn’t said what commitments this should involve, said MEP and leader of Slovak parliamentary Opposition party Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) Richard Sulik at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I consider it to be very dangerous for our country to see the prime minister blindly repeating that being in the top division will somehow be salvific for us, that we certainly must be there, while even he himself doesn’t have any notion what this could mean,” said Sulik, calling the top class of EU countries actually a “very dubious” club.

“It’s no top division in fact, it’s rather a district level fellowship … but first of all it’s a group of countries that have quite serious problems in some respects,” said Sulik, adding that membership of such a group would effectively rob Slovakia of its competitive economic benefits, such as its relatively low tax rates.

At the same time Slovakia has been posting better figures than many of the A class states in several indicators since 2000, including cumulative GDP growth, public debt developments, direct taxes and terrorism risks, said the leader of the second strongest Slovak parliamentary party.

“If we join such a fishy premier league at any cost, this will also result in the introduction of refugee quotas, so we’ll have to take in migrants in large numbers, whereby risk related to terrorism will also surge,” stated Sulik, adding that the risk of a terror attack in Slovakia is close to zero at the moment.