Conflict of interest law voted down

Parliament on May 30 failed to approve a conflict of interest bill that would have significantly increased supervision of the assets and business ties of public officials.

The draft law would have required not only public officials but also their next of kin to declare their assets, and would have prevented officials from hiring on with a company doing business in an area they had had jurisdiction over within two years of leaving office.

The bill needed 90 votes in the 150-seat legislature to go through, but in the end secured only 75 as many government MPs sided with the opposition to defeat the measure.

"MPs that didn't support this law themselves have problems with conflict of interest," said MP and former Education Minister Milan Ftáčnik.

Compiled by Tom Nicholson from press reports.
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