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Document 91997E002644

WRITTEN QUESTION No. 2644/97 by Otto BARDONG to the Commission. Subsidy from PHARE funds for a book on the history of Slovakia and the Slovaks

OJ C 76, 11.3.1998, p. 132 (ES, DA, DE, EL, EN, FR, IT, NL, PT, FI, SV)

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91997E2644

WRITTEN QUESTION No. 2644/97 by Otto BARDONG to the Commission. Subsidy from PHARE funds for a book on the history of Slovakia and the Slovaks

Official Journal C 076 , 11/03/1998 P. 0132


WRITTEN QUESTION E-2644/97 by Otto Bardong (PPE) to the Commission (1 September 1997)

Subject: Subsidy from PHARE funds for a book on the history of Slovakia and the Slovaks

The Commission has subsidized with PHARE funds publication of the book by M. S. Durica: 'History of Slovakia and the Slovaks' (DEJINY SLOVENSKA a SLOVAKOV), Bratislava, 2/1996 (Ministry of Education), which contains materials for teaching history in primary, secondary and upper secondary schools.

The Commission is asked to state:

1. What was the size of this subsidy and in which year was it granted?

2. Is it aware that this book seeks to create a national mythology out of Slovakian history since prehistoric times, constructs a hostile image towards neighbouring countries, particularly the Czechs, and emphasizes anti-Semitic tendencies?

3. In particular, is it aware that the Tiso Regime (1939-1945), a satellite state of national socialism, is described in altogether favourable terms?

4. Has it since received international reviews of this book?

5. Can subsidies for such publications intended for use in schools be scrutinized more thoroughly in future?

Answer given by Mr Van den Broek on behalf of the Commission (22 September 1997)

The Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answer to Written Question E-2469/97 by Mrs Van Bladel ((See page 14. )).

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