Slovakia – The Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (ÚPSVaR) announced on May 20 that the unemployment was still decreasing in April, with an average of 0.25 % a month, or 2.04 % a year, and is now at a 9,64 % rate.
Prime Minister Robert Fico is satisfied, but warned that it would be difficult to go below 7-8 % of unemployment. He added that “We have here Roma co-inhabitants, who affect the jobless rate and we have a group of people who intentionally do not want to be employed because they fear distraint proceedings.”
The Prime Minister announced that the government was going to propose measures to prevent the common abuse of the social system from a certain group of citizens. He also recalled back that under the previous government the beneficiaries of financial support had to work 8 hours a week for municipalities. Robert Fico encourages the cooperation between the State and the municipalities in this matter.