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New SPP board members represent Mečiar-era groups

THE SLOVAK government nominated people close to privatization clans from the 1994-1998 Vladimír Mečiar government to the boards of the SPP gas utility on February 9.

Among the nominees is lawyer Anton Novák, who worked for the Košice-based Rezeš family. Novák became the new deputy chairman of SPP’s board of directors, the Hospodárske Noviny daily wrote.

Other nominees for SPP’s boards include associates of Slavomír Hatina, the former head of oil refinery Slovnaft (Ján Dudášik and Miroslav Gažo), and influential businessman Milan Fiľo (Peter Hlaváč).

The supervisory board also features Martin Ryba, who co-manages the Slovak ice-hockey association with businessman Juraj Široký.

“These people were proposed and approved. There’s nothing to add here,” said Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) deputy chairman Milan Urbáni.

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