Labour Minister Viera Tomanová said granting a subsidy to the social services provider where she once worked, Privilégium, is not a genuine reason for her dismissal.
She told media at a news conference on August 13 that she granted the subsidy in accordance with the law, and in line with the ministerial regulation approved by her predecessor, Iveta Radičová.
Tomanová is not questioning the opposition parties' right to initiate a no-confidence vote, she said, but she finds it groundless. She said former minister Ľudovít Kaník granted a Sk1.8-million subsidy to the non-profit organization Space, whose statutory representative at the time was his advisor, Radičová.
Tomanova did not let journalists ask questions at the press conference. She advised them to ask the opposition leaders about the facts she mentioned.
On August 13, the Sme daily reported that the Labor Ministry, under Tomanová, ordered a security check of nine offices and secured them against illegal wiretapping. The measures to prevent a leak of classified information cost Sk1.4 million. The ministry did not specify which measures were taken.
The management of the only firm mentioned by the ministry in connection with these measures, Datacorp, said it will not comment on the issue. It also declined to answer whether they underwent screening from the National Security Office (NBU).
Datacorp is not included in the Internet list of firms that passed the security screening, Sme wrote. According to NBU head Ivan Goldschmidt, the firms that are not on the list have not undergone the screening required for working with classified information.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Aug 2007 at 14:38