Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Parliament adopts new rules for Slovak Land Fund

At a parliamentary session on Wednesday, June 2, MPs gave the go-ahead to the Cabinet's draft amendment aimed at restoring the functioning of the Slovak Land Fund (SPF). The draft amendment introduces a two-level management for the SPF, the SITA newswire wrote. A council, on which nominees of the opposition will also sit, will oversee every contract. Pavol Frešo, a deputy for the opposition SDKÚ party, criticised the fact that the council was only supposed to act collectively. He stated that council members will become "pawns and will again be under the control of the government." The council will not approve contracts; it will only be authorised to recommend their adoption or rejection. The final decision will rest with the fund's statutory bodies – the director-general and his or her deputy. The current SPF director-general, Miloslav Šebek (a nominee of the governing Smer party), could keep his post because officials appointed prior to September 1, 2008, are considered legitimate according to the revision.

At a parliamentary session on Wednesday, June 2, MPs gave the go-ahead to the Cabinet's draft amendment aimed at restoring the functioning of the Slovak Land Fund (SPF). The draft amendment introduces a two-level management for the SPF, the SITA newswire wrote. A council, on which nominees of the opposition will also sit, will oversee every contract. Pavol Frešo, a deputy for the opposition SDKÚ party, criticised the fact that the council was only supposed to act collectively. He stated that council members will become "pawns and will again be under the control of the government." The council will not approve contracts; it will only be authorised to recommend their adoption or rejection. The final decision will rest with the fund's statutory bodies – the director-general and his or her deputy. The current SPF director-general, Miloslav Šebek (a nominee of the governing Smer party), could keep his post because officials appointed prior to September 1, 2008, are considered legitimate according to the revision.

The Cabinet will appoint the director-general and his or her deputy based on a proposal from the Agriculture Minister. Oversight of the fund's activities and performance would be the main task of the eleven-strong council. The parliament will elect and recall members of the council; the cabinet will nominate six of them and five will be chosen based on proportional representation of political parties. They will serve on the council for a three-year stint. All contracts made by the fund are to be released on the internet within five days of their conclusion.

After the Cabinet approved the draft, PM Robert Fico promised that all contracts concluded by the fund since the early 1990s will also be disclosed. Preparatory work on the revision have taken several months because two partners in the governing coalition, Smer and the HZDS, were unable to agree on its terms. A scandal over land plots in Veľký Slavkov caused a crisis in the government and cost HZDS nominee Miroslav Jureňa his job as Agriculture Minister. In January, the Cabinet dismissed the SPF's management and supervisory board. Only SPF director Miloslav Šebek remained in his post. SITA

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

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Police detain another person in promissory notes case

Ex-director of private broadcaster TV Markíza, Pavol Rusko, was detained shortly after being heard.

Pavol Rusko

First 500 jobseekers start training to work in automotive jobs

Neither labour offices nor the automotive industry dare to estimate to what extent the project will be successful.

For a Decent Slovakia organise another protest for June 22

At the same time, they are suing ex-PM Robert Fico, in response to his statements made during the protest rallies in February, citing fear-mongering and defamation.

For a Decent Slovakia represenattives - L-R: Lukáš Füle, Karolína Farská, Juraj Šeliga and Veronika Bruncková - filed a suit against ex-PM Robert Fico June 15.

Construction of the longest tunnel in Slovakia gets complicated

Érsek considers delays in construction of the cross-country highway to be unacceptable.

Western portal of the Višňové tunnel