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Slota willing to explain his flight to parliamentary committee

Slovak National Party (SNS) chairman Ján Slota is willing to explain his trip to Croatia on board a luxury air taxi to the Slovak parliament's committee for conflict of interests, SNS spokesperson Jana Benková told TASR on August 10.

Slovak National Party (SNS) chairman Ján Slota is willing to explain his trip to Croatia on board a luxury air taxi to the Slovak parliament's committee for conflict of interests, SNS spokesperson Jana Benková told TASR on August 10.

"He (Slota) does not have any problem with the committee dealing with it," Benková said in response to the information on an initiative that has been submitted to the committee by Transparency International Slovensko (TIS).

"The committee is already dealing with one initiative concerning Slota's flight in June, so it will now deal with two initiatives," said TIS president Emília Sičáková-Beblavá. "The first (initiative) was connected to Slota's flights in an L-29 Delfin (Dolphin) fighter, using the plane free of charge,” said TIS's lawyer Pavel Nechala. That initiative is being processed, he added.

According to published information, the light aircraft that Slota used on July 23 to fly to Rijeka, Croatia, flying over a Schengen border – without undergoing any police checks first – belongs to a private company called Financial Public Service.

This company is allegedly close to Norbert Havalec, who has links to the Environment Ministry, which comes under the supervision of an SNS nominee. It was Havalec who was the ministry's advisor in the recent sale of the carbon-dioxide emission quotas, which were purchased by an American-based company at roughly half the price that other countries sold their excess quotas. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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