Slovak economy minister proposes to close employment offices

Sulík added that the state should not find jobs for people and told them to look online instead. [EPA-EFE / Martin Divisek]

Minister of Economy Richard Sulík (SaS/ECR) proposed on Wednesday to close employment offices. The goal is to lower government expenditure.

Sulík added that the state should not find jobs for people and told them to look online instead.  In the case of marginalised communities with no access to the internet, he suggested opening rooms where these people could get online.

“Everybody must be able to type a few words on the computer on their own. I would like to remind you that we have compulsory primary school attendance, so it is reasonable to expect that everyone can read and write,” Sulík argued.

Despite Sulík’s position in the government, such a proposal will be tough to finalise. Sulík’s Party Freedom and Solidarity is one of two right-wing parties in the coalition of four. Moreover, the other two parties are the strongest according to the election results. In the opinion of EURACTIV Slovakia, these two parties are likely to dismiss the proposal.

Sulík added that he had not talked to the coalition about the proposal yet.

(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV.sk)

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