published: 27.02.2013, 12:44 | updated: 27.02.2013 13:54:17
Bratislava - Czech President Vaclav Klaus was awarded for his contribution to the development of the business sector by the Slovak Entrepreneurs´ Association (ZPS) at the close of his two-day visit to Bratislava today, and he once again criticised the EU on this occasion.
The ZPS said the award goes to Klaus as a mastermind of the then Czechoslovakia´s post-1989 switch from the central-directed economy to the free market economy.
"Without Klaus, the economic transformation would be less direct. He is a symbol of the transformation from which Slovakia benefited as well," ZPS head Jan Oravec said.
Klaus masterminded the then economic reforms as Czechoslovak finance minister (1989-1992) and Czech prime minister (1992-1997).
Oravec also appreciated Klaus for challenging the efforts at centralising the EU and criticising states´ intervention in their economies.
Klaus said it seems to him that those holding this view are a minority in society.
He said the EU is no longer a symbol of prosperity and the present time is the era of "post-democracy."
Klaus dismissed the apprehensions of possible negative impacts in case a member country left the euro zone.
It were the Czech Republic and Slovakia that proved, after the split of their joint state in late 1992, that a currency separation is feasible.
"We showed that this is feasible, on condition that it is a controlled step," Klaus said.
Klaus arrived for a visit to Slovakia on Tuesday, a few days before his second and last possible presidential mandate expires.
He will be replaced in the post by Milos Zeman, a former socialist prime minister, who previously said his first foreign trip as president will be to Slovakia.
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