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Utilization of Eurofunds in Slovakia – An Opportunity for Growth or for Corruption and Clientelism?
[11.10.2012, Ivan Kuhn, Dušan Sloboda and Radovan Kazda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
Nontransparent allocation and thefts within procurement procedures. Holding back of the information. Non-compliance with the senseless goal of regional disparities reduction. Politicians' prattles on the utilization. Doubtful efficiency and incredible wasting. This is also a way to perceive our first more than seven years of experience with the eurofunds.
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Classical Liberal View on European Economic Integration
[05.06.2007, Peter Gonda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The classical liberal framework on European economic integration should be concerned with three major issues...
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Agriculture
[04.11.2006, Radovan Kazda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The year 2005 was the first full year in which Slovak agriculture was subordinated to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the European Union (EU). The change showed up particularly in new legislative standards that regulate and limit the conditions for doing business on farmland, as well as in a dramatic change in the method of allocating public funds to agriculture, and a substantial increase in the volume of these funds...
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Draft of Welfare Reform in Slovakia
[03.07.2006, Peter Gonda, Michal Novota and Ondrej Dostál, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
Ilustration: Roman HumajWe introduce, first of all, our concept for the solution of the long-term distortions enduring in the social system...
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Ethnic Minorities
[01.06.2006, Ondrej Dostál, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
There were no significant changes in the status of ethnic minorities in Slovakia in 2005. The incumbent administration once again postponed the adoption of the Act on the Status of Ethnic Minorities and the Act on Financing the Culture of Ethnic Minorities, even though they had been spelled out in its program manifesto and its plan of legislative tasks for 2005. It looks like the government has given up on passing either law before the end of its tenure...
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Social Policy
[01.05.2005, Peter Gonda and Ondrej Dostál, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The past year brought many changes in the field of social policy. Some of them ensued directly from measures adopted by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family, while others emerged indirectly, in reaction to other reforms. Some of these reforms and measures began to be implemented already in 2004 (e.g. taxation reform); others were approved by parliament and envisaged for launch in 2005 (e.g. health service reform or fiscal decentralization). The same applied to reform measures in all four areas of social policy that are analyzed in this chapter...
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Agriculture
[01.05.2005, Radovan Kazda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
In order to present a comprehensive evaluation of the Slovakia’s agriculture sector for 2004, it is necessary to analyze economic, natural, and climatic indicators that determine the overall economic performance of individual farmers...
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Ethnic Minorities
[01.05.2005, Ondrej Dostál, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
In the most recent population census conducted in 2001, more than one in eight Slovak citizens (13.1%) declared themselves as members of some ethnic minority...
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Social Policy
[01.05.2005, Peter Gonda and Ondrej Dostál, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The past year brought many changes in the field of social policy. Some of them ensued directly from measures adopted by the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family, while others emerged indirectly, in reaction to other reforms. Some of these reforms and measures began to be implemented already in 2004 (e.g. taxation reform); others were approved by parliament and envisaged for launch in 2005 (e.g. health service reform or fiscal decentralization). The same applied to reform measures in all four areas of social policy that are analyzed in this chapter...
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The Kyoto Whip on Freedom
[10.01.2005, Radovan Kazda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The author analyses the origins of the global warming issue, and the negative position of the UN as regards the institutional promotion of the issue, making it a planet-wide issue by spreading catastrophic visions without any grounds...
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Evaluation of Work Oriented Welfare Model in Slovakia
[01.11.2004, Peter Gonda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The recent changes in Slovak welfare system, particularly in social assistance policy, have a good trend. However, systemic distortions accompanied mainly by high dependency of people on social benefits remain almost unchanged. Author focus on main problems and proposals related to social assistance to material need in Slovakia...
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European Constitution Against (Economical) Raise of Europe
[01.11.2004, Peter Gonda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The author of the contribution analyses and demonstrates specific provisions of the European constitution draft, and he documents the steps leading to the political centralization of the EU and the unification conditions which are being set from above, as well as the transfer of market regulations and a highly set of social rights from a national onto a European level. All this would result in a deepening of today´s economic problems, and a further falling of the EU countries behind more dynamic regions in the world, where more emphasis is put on personal freedom...
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Anti-Americanism and Its Themes (Controversies between Europe and America)
[01.11.2004, František Šebej, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
Europe gave birth to America, lost her, then married her and started arguing again. She then put into her cradle an amazing legacy of thought which in Europe is almost forgotten, even though Europe now supplies America with new generations of those with rebellious hearts, and courrage, who either run away from the violent history of European nations, or just try to escape the stifling provincial atmosphere. That is why Europe and America have a relationship like this. And that is exactly why also their arguments are so passionate...
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Risks of Slovakia´s Membership in the European Monetary Union
[01.10.2004, Peter Gonda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The author analytically evaluates and draws our attention to the serious risks of substituting the euro for the Slovak crown, which also means giving up domestic monetary policy and exchange rates in favour of more centralised monetary policy (implemented by the ECB)...
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Social Policy
[01.01.2004, Ondrej Dostál, Peter Gonda and Martin Thomay, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The authors present the basic characteristics of Slovakia´s social policy and social sphere system. They examine measures of the government has adopted or is preparing to address unemployment and the labor market, social assistance to the poor and other needy individuals, state support for families with children, and pension and sickness insurance systems. The authors welcome several positive measures the government adopted in 2002 and 2003. However, they point out that Slovakia´s social system continues to be plagued by major problems...
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Public Finance
[01.01.2004, Peter Gonda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
Author analyzes the main trends in public finances in 2002 and the first half of 2003. He evaluates affairs in this field on the basis of his calculations and adjustments of official figures, using internationally applied methodologies, especially those used by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union (Eurostat)...
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Problems with Pensions Continue
[01.01.2004, Peter Gonda and Martin Thomay, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The authors of the article „Problems with Pensions Continue“ focus on an analytical assessment of the changes which have occured during pension reform in Slovakia and also in outline on the presentation of an alternative solution to the problems of the pension system in (but not only) Slovakia...
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Functioning of the Market and Regulatory Actions by the Government
[01.01.2004, Peter Gonda, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
A high standard of living and the highest possible extent of personal freedom and responsibility are conditioned by a functioning market. A purposive functioning of limited government is an additional condition. The author evaluates the market functioning and regulatory actions of the government in Slovak terms presenting three views: the present (including the main problems), possible future (three scenarios), and a strategy leading to the required state...
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Is the Transatlantic Dissension Inevitable?
[01.01.2004, Tomáš Zálešák, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
www.yes-dk.dkThe article analyses the situation in which NATO finds itself since the end of the Cold War. A change of circumstances, the demise of some old and the rise of new threats, call, according to the author, for a redefinition of the Alliance in all areas of its activities...
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Slovak Economy in the Process of Transformation
[01.01.2003, Peter Gonda and Karol Morvay, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
Analytical assessments of the transformational changes in the economy and the substantiation of reasons for the impossibility of a long-term existence of socialism are still rare. The authors present a systematic view on the economic transformation changes and socialistic absurdities, as well as a view on the general prognosis for future development, and preconditions for economic development in Slovakia...
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The European Union: Seven Glimpses of Opal
[01.12.2002, Peter Zajac, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The article deals with deeper aspects of European integration at the moment of the accession of Slovakia to the EU...
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Differences between the Foreign Policies of the EU and the USA
[01.11.2002, Roman Joch, PAPERS AND STUDIES]
The article deals with different views of America and Western Europe on a needed foreign and defence policy. The American policy based on the use of power is, according to the author, a more adequate answer to the present security threats...
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