Together Party Would Focus on Education and Health in Future Gov’t

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Together - Civic Democracy chairman Miroslav Beblavy (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, July 8 (TASR) – A more educated Slovakia, the modernisation of democracy, independent police and improving the condition of the Slovak health-care sector – these are just some of the priorities that the extra-parliamentary Together-Civic Democracy party would focus on if it formed part of the future government.

At a news conference in Bratislava on Monday party officials presented ten basic priorities that should serve as a programme basis in talks with the Progressive Slovakia (PS) party.

“We’re working hard with Progressive Slovakia on forming a government that would change the style of politics in Slovakia. We want a policy of solutions, without brawling and quarrelling,” said MP (Independent) and Together chairman Miroslav Beblavy, adding that he wants to discuss priorities with Andrej Kiska’s emerging For the People party as well. He can imagine communicating with the extra-parliamentary Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) as well as the parliamentary Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, but he stressed that he won’t talk to Robert Fico (Smer-SD), Stefan Harabin, Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) or Marian Kotleba (far-right LSNS).

The party’s priorities aren’t only aimed at the education and health-care sectors, public administration and the police, but also at social issues, pensions, the economy, the environment, the regions and the partnership with Europe.

Key programme priorities cover three areas: a just Slovakia, including an independent police force, a fair economy with strong regions and modern democracy. The party’s second priority is a social state leaning on a healthy and sympathetic Slovakia that doesn’t neglect its pensioners. The third pillar is oriented towards a future defined by the education sector, a green country and a focus on a pro-European foreign policy.