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Sedlák, Jozef

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Pravda - Slovakia | 23/01/2013

Consumers must rid market of tainted goods

Two scandals over food products imported from Poland have come to light in Slovakia and the Czech Republic in recent months. On the one hand, road salt was being sold as table salt, and on the other traces of insecticides were found in chocolate. Nevertheless Polish products continue to find buyers thanks to their low prices. The left-leaning daily Pravda is alarmed: "Poland has become the Holland of Eastern Europe as far as exports of agricultural products go. With its bargain-basement prices it blows the competition out of the water and isn't even hurt by scandals over the poor quality of its products and the sometimes toxic substances they contain. ... That is partly due to another phenomenon: the low self-esteem of Central European consumers compared with those in the older EU member states. This allows producers and traders to supply products that would immediately disqualify them in Germany or Austria. Here at home, such scandals are forgotten after just a couple of weeks. Too bad. Because with the choices they make, consumers should show who's the boss on the market."

Pravda - Slovakia | 03/12/2012

Slovakian farmers lose out in EU

The unequal distribution of subsidies for farmers will persist in the new EU budget despite all the promises to the contrary, the left-leaning daily Pravda complains: "In practice it looks like an Austrian farmer will receive 528 euros per year per hectare of land, while his poorer Slovakian colleague receives only 265 euros. When Slovakia joined the EU it was told that the distribution of funding would be balanced by 2014. Politicians in France, Germany, Austria, Holland and the UK are fighting for their farmers because they are important voters. Meanwhile the Slovakian agricultural businesses are losing their position on the domestic market, where pork from Germany, beef from Ireland, apples from Poland and Italy, tomatoes from Belgium and the Netherlands and carrots from the Czech Republic rule the day. … The current situation admittedly also speaks volumes about the ability of Slovakian negotiators to further the country's interests in Brussels. Poland has become an exporter; they're calling it the Holland of Eastern Europe. But no one is talking about Slovakia."

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