AFTER the public administration sector reform known as ESO is complete we want to engage in drafting and implementing in practice a new constitutional law on state administration services that would define which posts should be subject to political nomination and which should be filled based on regular competition, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told TASR.

"Posts subject to political appointment will remain subject to political decision after one government is replaced with another [following a general election], as it's only difficult to imagine that a district office chairman loyal to Smer would practice his or her duties emerging from a programme manifesto of a different cabinet with the same enthusiasm," said Kaliňák as quoted by TASR, adding that the remaining officials will be hired for the remaining types of posts via a regular selection process.

Kaliňák at the same time called for a public discussion aimed at finding a reliable form that these competitions should take.

"You wouldn't probably trust me if I appointed a group of five fellow colleagues that belong to my political party and called this an [independent] selection committee," said the minister.

He further observed that he thinks that the ESO public administration reform is a perfect chance to deal with the numerous posts in the sector filled by political authorities.

Expert on public administration Ľubomír Plai claims that Slovakia's public administration sector has long been suffering from considerable instability emerging from constant fluctuations of staff. This results in "low expertise and vast politicisation of the system." Plai believes that the situation began to be even less predictable after the legislative changes of 2006, according to which senior officials in the public administration sector can be dismissed from their posts without providing any reason.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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