Dzurinda: It was a plot

Members of parliament yesterday heard explanations of a hotly contested public procurement tender for 35 lightweight trains from PM Mikuláš Dzurinda, Transport Minister Jozef Macejko and Supreme Audit Office head Jozef Stahl.

Dzurinda said that a recent scandal over the tender was “a plot and an attempt to politically destroy me”. Macejko, whom Dzurinda has fired because he allegedly interfered with the tender on behalf of French trains firm Alstom, whose bid had been unsuccessful, said he had only done so because the offer the tender commission chose was Sk800 million more expensive than Alstom’s.

Meanwhile, a representative of the winning bidder, Stadler Bussnang of Switzerland, said in Bratislava that “in the past few weeks we have seen many politicians turn into railway experts, and it’s been very interesting. I hope that after [September parliamentary] elections this will continue, because in that case your railways have a great future.”

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

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Long queues around Slovakia on the first day of nationwide testing

Hundreds of thousands got tested during the first five hours. Experts warn it is too early to interpret the results.

Drive-in testing site in Bratislava.

Afraid of testing? Minimise your risk of infection with these test day tips

Coughing is the most dangerous part of the testing process.

Zborov, the Bardejov district

UPDATED: Nationwide testing for COVID-19 is on

Long queues have formed in front of most testing points since early morning. Some drive-through sites closed in Bratislava

Testing in Trenčín, western Slovakia

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov