BRATISLAVA (AFP) - The eurozones drive to resolve the deep debt crisis in member state Greece has sparked fierce criticism from ex-communist Slovakia, the newest member of the 16-nation currency bloc. The move to award Greece a 110-billion-euro (145-billion-dollar) aid package, steered by the European Union and International Monetary Fund, comes as Slovakia inches closer to a general election and polls show the public is sceptical about the bailout. The Greek crisis has raised fears of contagion across the eurozone. Slovakias left-leaning Prime Minister Robert Fico gave fellow EU leaders frayed nerves this week when he suggested his countrys approval for the bailout was not a given. Personally, I dont trust the Greeks, said Fico, known for his hardball rhetoric, as lawmakers in Athens approved tough austerity measures Thursday. He also demanded that they do their homework before getting any cash. Critics have focused on what turned out to be bogus figures provided by Greece in the past to show it met eurozone rules on fiscal stability. Bratislavas share in the loan will exceed 800 million euros around 150 euros per Slovak according to its finance ministry. As he left Friday for a crisis summit of EU leaders, Fico said he would not actually block the package but that Slovakia would not send a cent until its June 12 general election. We will sign the EU aid-package today, enabling other eurozone members to send their share anytime they want, but our share has to be approved by the new parliament, he insisted. Political scientist Peter Horvath, from Slovakias Trnava University, said Ficos statements showed he was watching the polls like a hawk. Public opinion in Slovakia prefers not helping the Greeks to helping them, especially when they have lived so long on a higher standard than they could afford, he told AFP. There is an economic concern about lending to Greece as well, Horvath added. Slovakia would have to borrow money to help Greece and its questionable if we would get the money back, he explained. Sixteen of the EUs 27 members now use the euro, in circulation since 2002. Slovakia adopted the currency in 2009, becoming the second ex-communist state to meet the rigorous entry criteria after Slovenia in 2007. Juraj Valachy, an analyst with Tatra Banka in Bratislava, said it was important to put Ficos stance into perspective. Slovakia was never in a position to block the aid package to Greece, he said, given the relatively small clout of the nation of 5.4 million. Horvath, meanwhile, underscored the difference with the EUs heavyweights. Almost nobody noticed when Slovakia said it had serious reservations against lending money to Greece but when Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel hesitated to clearly show support, everybody was holding their breath, he said. Echoing earlier comments by Slovenia, Slovakia on Friday also called for tougher fiscal discipline in the eurozone, saying the currency bloc needed powers to expel members who break the rules. Calls for discipline by the eurozones youngest members are legitimate but could come back to haunt Slovakia, Grigorij Meseznikov of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava, told AFP. If the government calls for stricter rules it will have to follow them instead of raising the deficit, he said. Slovakias public deficit the shortfall between state spending and revenues more than doubled to 6.77 percent of gross domestic product in 2009 as the economy shrank by 4.7 percent. EU states are meant to keep deficit below 3.0 percent, although few have done so amid the global economic crisis. Ficos Smer party has been top of the polls, pledging to boost social spending after the elections. Ficos calls on Greece to cut welfare benefits are not in line with his promises to continue building social state after elections, Meseznikov said.