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Cabinet appoints deputy ministers

THE CABINET of Iveta Radičová appointed government state secretaries, i.e. deputy ministers, at its first session on July 9. The cabinet also recalled the standing heads of ministerial offices and appointed new ones, the SITA newswire reported.

THE CABINET of Iveta Radičová appointed government state secretaries, i.e. deputy ministers, at its first session on July 9. The cabinet also recalled the standing heads of ministerial offices and appointed new ones, the SITA newswire reported.

There will be two secretaries at the Ministry of Finance, nominated by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). One will be Vladimír Tvaroška, who has served in the job before. The other has yet to be named. The new head of the ministerial office is Jana Červenáková, who is replacing Jaroslav Mikla.

Former journalist and manager Lucia Nicholsonová of Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) will be state secretary at the Ministry of Labour. The new head of the ministerial office is Milan Kozický, who replaces Vladislav Borík.

The new state secretary at the Economy Ministry is Martin Chren, an economist and former director of the F.A. Hayek Foundation who was elected to parliament to represent SaS. The new head of the ministerial office is Peter Jesenský, who replaces Peter Bučko.

The two state secretaries at the Ministry of Agriculture are Gábor Csicsai and Martin Ružinský (both from Most-Híd). Ružinský is expected to become environment minister after the necessary changes in the competencies legislation are passed. The Agriculture Minister is Zsolt Simon (Most-Híd) and head of the ministerial office is Zdenka Marčeková, who replaces Vladimír Pavelka.

The state secretary at the Defence Ministry is Robert Ondrejcsák, executive director of the Centre for European and North-Atlantic Relations. The new head of the ministerial office is Peter Plučinský, who replaces Miroslav Sim.

Lawyer and former head of the Centre for Legal Aid Mária Kolíková becomes the state secretary at the Ministry of Justice. The head of the ministerial office is Michal Luciak, who replaces Jozef Kaffka.

The state secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is Milan Ježovica, who served as an aide to then-prime minister (now foreign minister) Mikuláš Dzurinda, from 2003 to 2007. The head of the ministerial office is Martin Maruška, who replaces Juraj Siváček.

The state secretary at the Ministry of Education is Jaroslav Ivančo from the SDKÚ; the minister is his party colleague Eugen Jurzyca. The head of the ministerial office is Miroslav Siváček.

The state secretary at the Ministry of Culture is Natália Cehlárikova and the head of the ministerial office is Soňa Filipková, who replaces Marcela Božíkova.

The Ministry of Transport will have two state secretaries: MEP Ján Hudacký from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd deputy chairman Ivan Švejna.

The cabinet also appointed Ján Porubský as state secretary at the Health Ministry.

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