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SMK initiates parliamentary inquiry into Construction Ministry contracts

Opposition SMK party vice-chairman Ivan Farkas on November 25 began a parliamentary inquiry into controversial contracts for assistance in withdrawing Eurofunds that were signed by the Construction and Regional Development Ministry. The inquiry will be carried out by the parliamentary Finance, Budget and Currency committee next week. All MPs voted for the proposal but those from the Slovak National Party (SNS). "I chose the date deliberately to give the people concerned enough time to consider all the circumstances of the case and draw conclusions from it", Farkas said at a press conference called by the SMK.

Opposition SMK party vice-chairman Ivan Farkas on November 25 began a parliamentary inquiry into controversial contracts for assistance in withdrawing Eurofunds that were signed by the Construction and Regional Development Ministry. The inquiry will be carried out by the parliamentary Finance, Budget and Currency committee next week. All MPs voted for the proposal but those from the Slovak National Party (SNS).

"I chose the date deliberately to give the people concerned enough time to consider all the circumstances of the case and draw conclusions from it", Farkas said at a press conference called by the SMK.

According to media, the ministry signed contracts worth more than Sk3.6 billion (€120 million) without holding a public tender. The contracts were signed with Avocat and Zamedia, companies that are allegedly close to SNS leader Ján Slota. They concern not only information and educational activities but legal and interpreting services as well.

If the inquiry finds that the ministry has misued public funds, the Public Procurement Office and the Supreme Audit Office will be asked to take action, and Brussels will also be notified. If the ministry is shown to be at fault, Farkas will propose a joint opposition motion for a vote of no-confidence in Construction Minister Janušek. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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