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PM Fico orders labour minister to sack social security chief

Prime Minister Robert Fico has instructed Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Viera Tomanová to dismiss the head of the state-run social security provider Sociálna Poisťovňa, Ivan Bernátek, as of August 1. "In those fields, where SP was to do its job, the labour minister did it," the prime minister told a news conference following an inspection at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. Bernátek is considered Tomanova's protégée and was responsible for a statement, widely repeated by Fico and Tomanová, that the second (capitalisation) pension pillar was not advantageous for two-thirds of savers. The statement was later challenged as misleading by private pension fund management companies. SITA

Prime Minister Robert Fico has instructed Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family Viera Tomanová to dismiss the head of the state-run social security provider Sociálna Poisťovňa, Ivan Bernátek, as of August 1. "In those fields, where SP was to do its job, the labour minister did it," the prime minister told a news conference following an inspection at the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. Bernátek is considered Tomanova's protégée and was responsible for a statement, widely repeated by Fico and Tomanová, that the second (capitalisation) pension pillar was not advantageous for two-thirds of savers. The statement was later challenged as misleading by private pension fund management companies. SITA

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