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Prime Minister Fico rebukes finance minister over J&T meeting

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico publicly castigated Finance Minister Ján Počiatek on June 18 for meeting a representative of the Slovak financial group J&T in Monaco. He described the meeting as unethical and immoral, since it contradicts the government’s policy towards financial groups, the SITA newswire wrote. He was speaking at a press conference during an inspection visit to the Environment Ministry.

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico publicly castigated Finance Minister Ján Počiatek on June 18 for meeting a representative of the Slovak financial group J&T in Monaco. He described the meeting as unethical and immoral, since it contradicts the government’s policy towards financial groups, the SITA newswire wrote. He was speaking at a press conference during an inspection visit to the Environment Ministry.

The prime minister said he had instructed Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny to dismiss the entire senior management of Bratislava’s M.R. Štefánik Airport at its next general meeting. According to information which appeared in the media on Wednesday, 18 June, Počiatek and the airport's general director, Karol Biermann, met J&T financial group’s manager and partner Ivan Jakabovič on his yacht in Monaco shortly before the Slovak crown's central parity against the euro was re-set in late May.

"If I have said I like financial groups as a goat likes a knife, I have also said that I have a major problem with financial groups operating in Slovakia and in the market. And the policies of this government have to correspond with this," Fico said. SITA

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