Vol. 1, No. 32, 16 May1997
SLOVAK PREMIER IN NETHERLANDS. Vladimir Meciar, on
a one-day working visit to The Netherlands, said yesterday
that Slovakia should be in the first group of the Central
European countries to enter the EU, Slovak media reported.
Meciar met his Dutch counterpart, Wim Kok, whose country
currently chairs the EU . Meciar also met with OSCE High
Commissioner Max van der Stoel to discuss problems
related to the Hungarian ethnic minority in Slovakia. Earlier
this week, opposition Christian Democratic Movement
chairman Jan Carnogursky revealed that EU officials had
warned Slovakia it may not be invited to talks on EU
membership owing to unsolved domestic problems.
Carnogursky and Meciar agreed that Slovakia's political
parties will meet soon to discuss domestic problems.
HUNGARIAN GOVERNMENT APPROVES AGREEMENT
WITH HOLY SEE. A government spokesman says the
agreement with the Vatican on property restitution and
financing of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary is of
"historical importance," Hungarian media report. The
agreement was approved yesterday by the government.
Under the agreement, the state is return to the Catholic
Church assets totaling 100 billion forints ($550 million) and
the church will renounce any further claims. Real estate
worth some $320 million confiscated by the Communists
will be returned gradually by the year 2011. The remainder
of the claims will be met as annual payments to the Church.
The agreement still has to be approved by the parliament.
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