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Activist seeks audit of PM’s reserve fund

CIVIL activist and deputy chairman of the Civic Conservative Party (OKS) Ondrej Dostál filed a motion with Slovakia’s Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) and the General Prosecutor’s Office on June 7 requesting an investigation into the lawfulness of the use of funds from the reserve fund of the prime minister, the SITA newswire reported.

CIVIL activist and deputy chairman of the Civic Conservative Party (OKS) Ondrej Dostál filed a motion with Slovakia’s Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) and the General Prosecutor’s Office on June 7 requesting an investigation into the lawfulness of the use of funds from the reserve fund of the prime minister, the SITA newswire reported.

Dostál said he was surprised to learn through the media that Prime Minister Robert Fico had spent money from his reserve fund on the construction of football grounds in various villages around Slovakia, to support fitness model Eva Martinková, for publication of an encyclopedia and to host a Slovak gala evening in Brussels.

Dostál said that according to the law on public administration budgets, the prime minister’s reserve is to be used only to cover unpredictable expenditures necessary for provision of budgetary management or to cover a shortfall of budgeted income.

“I am convinced that the aforementioned cases were not issues of coverage of unpredictable expenditures necessary for provision of budgetary management or coverage of budgetary shortfall,” Dostál asserted, as quoted by SITA.

Dostál asked the General Prosecutor to investigate whether the criminal acts of breaching one’s duty in administration of entrusted property or abuse of power by a public official were committed.

“If that was the case, damages could have been incurred to the state budget by the prime minister's violation of his duties,” Dostál said, adding that this could also be considered abuse of power by a public official, SITA wrote.


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