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Rusko fires SARIO director

New Economy Minister Pavol Rusko has started widespread reshuffling at his ministry and in organizations that are under his administration.

On October 16, Rusko recalled the head of the Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO), Ladislav Balko, and charged Ján Bajánek with temporary management of the organization. In the past, Bajánek was supposed to take the top post of the private TV company Markíza and was a cofounder of the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia, the daily SME wrote.

Rusko sacked his subordinate a day before the visit of the South Korean carmaker Hyundai's delegation to explore possible locations for its new investment in central Europe.

Rusko considered SARIO's operation deficient. However, Balko made the organization efficient, the daily said.

Rusko also sacked the head of the Slovak Energy Agency, Jozef Mračna, whom the previous economy minister had just recently appointed.

Following Balko and former advisor at the economy ministry, Henrich Herceg, Mračna is the third recalled senior official since Rusko's appointment earlier this month.

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

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