Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

No-confidence motion against Valentovič dismissed

The parliamentary Conflict of Interest Committee dismissed a no-confidence motion against Health Minister Ivan Valentovič on April 23 at the behest of the ruling Smer party's deputy chairperson, Renáta Zmajkovičová.

The motion, submitted on April 17 by non-parliamentary Civic Conservative Party members Ondrej Dostál and Juraj Petrovič, concerns an interview with the minister being used along with his photo in an advertisement for the public health insurer, Všeobecná Zdravotná Poisťovňa, published in the Sme daily on April 5. Supporters of the motion said insurance companies in the private sector were put at a disadvantage by his endorsement.

If the motion had passed, Valentovič could have been fined up to 12 times his monthly income.

According to Zmajkovičová, Valentovič didn't promote any of the insurance company's products in the advertisement, but only presented points of the cabinet's manifesto. Her proposal to dismiss the motion was supported by more than half of the committee members present.

Opposition Hungarian Coalition Party MP Gábor Gál objected that the committee dismissed the motion before its members had the chance to go through the case.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Šumiac breaks sweat record: first sauna to be revived

The sauna built in Šumiac by miller Michal Demo after returning from Russian captivity was the first one not just in Slovakia but in the entire former Czechoslovakia. Now it can be saved and re-used.

The construction of first Slovak sauna in Šumiac

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between August 18 and August 27, as well as regular services in different languages, training for foreigners in English and highlights of the year.

Pivobrana - Beer Festival

Have you ever climbed a via ferrata? Photo

In central Slovakia, there is one also suitable for beginners. Here are some of the views it offers.

Agrokomplex opens its gates Photo

This year’s exhibition has more discussions with experts and a family programme.