Mr Juncker made his remarks during a wide-ranging interview with Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita in which he also underlined his ongoing commitment to expanding the bloc still further, and insisted had had been joking when he described Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban as a dictator. He said: “We have a serious corruption problem in Slovakia. “But I would never say that Slovaks are corrupt. Like the Ukrainians want a country free from corruption.
“They want a system based on values, not on profits for several people.
“But not everyone in Slovakia is corrupt.”
In an implied criticism of Slovakia’s former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar, he added: “As in 1997, in Meciar’s time, I distinguish between some people in power and the Slovak people.
“Always in contacts with Ukrainians, I stress that the fight against corruption must be strengthened.”
Jean-Claude Juncker has said there is a problem with corruption is Slovakia (Image: GETTY)
In addition, the Commission was also investigating similar claims of corruption against the Czechs, he added.
Despite his acknowledgement of endemic corruption in some member states, Mr Juncker said he had