Bugar: Danko Should Approach Coalition Council with Specific Proposal

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Most-Hid chair Bela Bugar at a press conference on August 7, 2017 (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, August 7 (TASR) – The Most-Hid party expects Slovak National Party (SNS) chair Andrej Danko to come up with a specific proposal concerning what he feels needs to be changed in the coalition agreement at the Coalition Council session slated for Tuesday, August 8, and it also expects an explanation as to why he chose to withdraw from the agreement, said Most-Hid chair Bela Bugar at a press conference after a Most-Hid leadership session on Monday.

Bugar is convinced that Danko will attend the Coalition Council session on Tuesday, despite the fact that SNS is technically no longer part of the coalition.

The Most-Hid chair perceives the situation as grave, adding that he isn’t familiar with Danko’s demands, so he wants to hear them on Tuesday. He stressed that Most-Hid will continue to serve as a reliable coalition partner that abides by the coalition agreement. “What we signed in the coalition agreement continues to stand,” he claimed.

Bugar pointed out that Most-Hid joined the coalition because it managed to include the majority of the promises it gave to people in the Government Manifesto. “Even in terms of priorities, the coalition agreement is designed to the benefit of the people, and we will uphold it,” he said, adding that if a coalition partner feels that something must be added to the Manifesto, there is room for such a course of action.

Most-Hid doesn’t like the manner in which Danko chose to withdraw from the agreement, however. It pointed out that instead of holding talks first and making decisions later, Danko announced his choice via the media straight away.

Bugar also rejected the notion that Danko opted to withdraw from the agreement in response to efforts to take European funds for science and research away from the SNS-controlled Education Ministry and put them under the purview of Vice-Premier for Investments Peter Pellegrini (Smer-SD). “I inquired about that and it’s a lie,” he said.