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SaS pitches for control over specific state offices

FREEDOM and Solidarity (SaS), one of the parties making up Slovakia’s new government, said that it and the other coalition parties would agree at the first meeting of their Coalition Council how to divide up management positions at state enterprises.

FREEDOM and Solidarity (SaS), one of the parties making up Slovakia’s new government, said that it and the other coalition parties would agree at the first meeting of their Coalition Council how to divide up management positions at state enterprises.

SaS first and foremost wants a say in those institutions that will be involved in instituting tax credits in line with one of its election campaign pledges, said SaS leader and speaker of parliament Richard Sulík, the TASR newswire reported.

Specifically, SaS is claiming the top posts at social security provider Sociálna Poisťovňa (SP), the Tax Office, and at the Labour, Social Affairs and Family Office. The party also wants posts at organisations that fall under the ministries that it controls, such as national grid operator SEPS and energy industry regulator ÚRSO.

Sulík remarked that his party did not think it would be necessary to organise what he called “major purges” at these organisations.

“The former government didn’t do so everywhere either,” Sulík told TASR. “Certain ministers were sufficiently enlightened that they didn’t stoop to such moves. Almost no one was replaced in the first stage at the Finance Ministry, where I worked as an adviser."

Meanwhile, Ildikó Polačeková was approved as the new director general of the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family on July 14, following her nomination by Labour Minister Jozef Mihál (SaS). Polačeková will replace Ján Sihelsky, who has led the office since 2006, from July 15, the SITA newswire wrote.

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