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Miklos fears language to be an obstacle

Slovak reformer may waive the post of finance minister.

Miklos fears language to be an obstacle
Ivan Miklos

Slovak reformer Ivan Miklos says he may waive the post of finance minister in the government of Volodymyr Hroisman due to insufficient knowledge of the Ukrainian language. "This could be the reason that I could decline the post of Minister of Finance," Ivan Miklos said as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.

Miklos said that communication with the public is very important part of reforms, including participation in televised debates to communicate the position. He said he understands most of what is written and said in Russian, but his spoken language is not good enough. "And it is difficult to participate in the debate through a translator," he admittad.

Miklos has given prior consent to enter the Ukrainian government provided he retains citizenship of Slovakia. To meet this requirement, the Verkhovna Rada filed a bill allowing foreigners to work in the Cabinet.

Miklos served as the minister of privatization in Slovakia in 1991-1992., Deputy Prime Minister of Economy in 1998-2002., Finance Minister in 2002-2006 and 2010-2012., as well as the People's deputy of the Parliament of Slovakia in 2006-2010.

Since February 2015, Miklos is an advisor to the Minister of Finance Natalia Yaresko and Minister of Economy Aivaras Abromavičius.

In May 2015 he, along with the head of the investment company Dragon Capital Tomasz Fiala and musician Svyatoslav Vakarchuk registered a think-tank named Center for Economic Strategy.