12. 01. 2018 14:49
The Culture Ministry has two proposals on the financial separation of the state and churches ready to submit to the Coalition Council, according to Culture Minister Marek Maďarič (Smer-SD). "One proposal has been drawn up by the Ministry, the other by the Churches, and they differ slightly." The ministry's draft expects that funding from the state budget should be partially adjusted according to the number of people claiming allegiance to individual Churches. It should cover their necessary expenditures as they are active in the healthcare, education and social sectors, too," said Maďarič after meeting churches representatives and the Slovak President. In the past, opposition parties unsuccessful proposed to finance churches directly via a percentage deducted from taxes paid by their members. There are 18 churches and religious movements officially recognized in Slovakia which received a total of €41 million from the state budget last year. More than half of this sum went to the Roman-Catholic Church which is the largest in Slovakia with about 62 percent of people claiming allegiance to it. The Lutherans come second at about 6 percent.