Slovak opposition claims its right to nominate new ÚVO chairman

The leaders of Slovakia’s parliamentary opposition parties: Mikuláš Dzurinda(Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, SDKÚ), Pál Csáky (Hungarian Coalition Party, SMK) and Ján Figeľ (Christian Democratic Movement, KDH) issued a statement on February 18 requesting Prime Minister Robert Fico to appoint an opposition nominee to the position of chairman of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), the SITA newswire wrote.

The leaders of Slovakia’s parliamentary opposition parties: Mikuláš Dzurinda(Slovak Democratic and Christian Union, SDKÚ), Pál Csáky (Hungarian Coalition Party, SMK) and Ján Figeľ (Christian Democratic Movement, KDH) issued a statement on February 18 requesting Prime Minister Robert Fico to appoint an opposition nominee to the position of chairman of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), the SITA newswire wrote.

The current head of the office Béla Angyal, originally nominated by SMK, will end his 5-year term on March 10 this year. During his term in office, Angyal changed his party membership to Most-Híd. In line with the law, the Slovak cabinet has the authority to appoint the new chairman of ÚVO.

This position belongs to the opposition, Fico assured his opposition colleagues on the same day, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Béla Angyal
insists that his performance over his five-year term was impartial and in compliance with the public procurement legislation.

He met with journalists after criticism of his office made by Dzurinda, who had said earlier on February 18 that Angyal did not manage his post and failed to secure its high-quality performance. Dzurinda drew attention to the e-toll tender, which he finds a flagrant example of Mr. Angyal's failure. 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.

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