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Slovakian party in misspending scandal

The Slovak National Party, one of the three governing parties in Slovakia, has attempted to withdraw from the coalition—prompting accusations that it is trying to manoeuvre itself out of a spending scandal involving EU funds.

Andrej Danko, the leader of the SNS, wrote to his two coalition partners on 7 August to announce his party’s withdrawal from their agreement.Opposition parties have said that by threatening to exit the government, Danko is trying to divert attention from an ongoing probe into education minister Peter Plavčan’s distribution of EU funds. 

Plavčan is being investigated by Slovakia’s police and the European Commission over his role in the alleged misdistribution of €600 million in EU R&D funding. The investigation was started after Slovakia’s universities and the Slovak Academy of Sciences said they had received none of the money.

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