Frenchman from Bratislava: Traffic Not So Bad, Let’s Focus on Education

2017 regional elections in Slovakia. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, November 4 (TASR) – Bratislava region should primarily focus on investment in education, while people shouldn’t complain about traffic as much as they do, TASR was told by Frenchman Pascal Schaller, who lives in Bratislava and was able to vote in the regional elections on Saturday.

Foreign nationals with permanent residence in one of Slovakia’s eight regions are also entitled to vote in the regional elections. More than 18,000 foreigners have the right to vote in Slovakia’s capital alone.

“I’ve been living here for ten years, I plan to remain here, so I consider it to be completely logical to take part in the life of the region by expressing my opinion in the elections,” Schaller told TASR.

The Frenchman said that he doesn’t share the common opinion in Bratislava region that the most urgent problem of the area is traffic.

“No, compared to Paris, it isn’t such a big problem,” he said. I’m rather concerned about the fact that there’s a tendency to view the region’s development in terms of building more and more new shopping centres instead of investing in the development of schools, for example,” said the native of Strasbourg.