Procurement authority continues its investigation into tender at Construction Ministry

The Public Procurements Office (ÚVO) is continuing its investigation of tender documentation at the Construction and Regional Development Ministry over suspicions surrounding a large tender awarded to people close to the Slovak National Party (SNS). The opposition has accused Construction Minister Marián Janušek of corruption vis-á-vis the tender and launched an unsuccessful no-confidence vote on him in December. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) is also carrying out an investigation into the tender at the ministry, news wire TASR wrote. Neither institution is able to predict when it will complete its investigation.

The Public Procurements Office (ÚVO) is continuing its investigation of tender documentation at the Construction and Regional Development Ministry over suspicions surrounding a large tender awarded to people close to the Slovak National Party (SNS). The opposition has accused Construction Minister Marián Janušek of corruption vis-á-vis the tender and launched an unsuccessful no-confidence vote on him in December. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) is also carrying out an investigation into the tender at the ministry, news wire TASR wrote.

Neither institution is able to predict when it will complete its investigation.

“We may ask for further documentation, maybe someone will file a complaint in connection with the tender,” said NKÚ press department director Lenka Nosálová. “We can't say at this time how long the investigation will last.”

According to media information, Janušek, a SNS nominee, signed agreements worth more than €120 million with Avocat and Zamedia, two companies that are close to SNS leader Ján Slota, after announcing the tender only on a ministry notice board. Prime Minister Robert Fico said that he will wait for the results of the investigations before deciding about Janušek, news wire TASR wrote.

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