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MP Mikuš chosen as EU affairs chairman

PARLIAMENT elected opposition MP Tibor Mikuš as the head of the new Committee on European Union Affairs, which succeeds the former Committee for European Integration.

Július Brocka from the co-ruling Christian Democratic Movement party was elected the new chairman of the social affairs and housing committee, the news wire TASR reported.

Earlier, parliament recalled Vojtech Tkáč, a former minister and state secretary at the ministry of labour, social affairs and the family, from that spot.

Mikuš, a lawmaker for the party of former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, is the former director of electricity utility Slovenské elektrárne.

The HZDS scored a minor victory over its opposition rival Smer, which had nominated Juraj Blanár to the post.

The moves were aimed at stabilising the chamber. Tkáč's caucus of independent MPs recently disintegrated.

Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Viliam Veteška, of the HZDS, proposed the recall of Tkáč, saying it did not have to do with the fact that Tkáč had quit the HZDS 18 months ago.

Veteška said he considered Tkáč an expert, but that the political situation called for his recall.

Another opposition MP, Smer party leader Robert Fico, said there was no better expert on social affairs in parliament, and dubbed the situation "a circus".

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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