MEMBERS of the parliament should not simultaneously serve as mayors, governors of self-governing regions or heads of public institutions. This stems from the constitutional amendment submitted by Ľubomír Galko, Jana Kiššová, Jozef Mihál, Lucia Nicholsonová, Peter Osuský and Martin Poliačik, all MPs for the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party.

“The accumulation of functions opens the possibility of getting unfounded benefits for the governed subject and such a state puts MPs to permanent conflict of interests at various votings – especially over the state budget and taxes, but also voting over laws regulating the respective public institutions, where the advantage in favour of village/town, self-governing region or public institution can be at expense of other subjects or the society as a whole,” SaS MPs explained, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

The MPs also said they realize the ruling Smer will try to implement milder version that merely seeks to limit public officials from collecting more than one salary. SaS, however, rejects that proposal.

Smer MPs already dismissed the amendment to the law on salaries of some constitutional officials submitted by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) in February. The party proposed one salary for all officials having more functions in public administration. Smer later adopted the idea and presented its own initiative.

KDH therefore said in the beginning of July it will submit its own constitutional amendment to the parliament that will promote the rule of one mandate only, SITA wrote.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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