Economy Ministry State Secretary Martin Chren from the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) rejected all accusations that he violated the law when the company called Hayek Consulting was awarded state contracts, he said at a press conference held on September 19, the TASR newswire reported.
“Recently, my name has been associated with several purpose-built scandals like the notice-board tender or some other conflict-of-interest scandal, which are true,” said Chren.
As for the state contract awarded to Hayek Consulting at a time when its co-owners Martin Chren (SaS) and Ivan Švejna (Most-Hid) had already been appointed state secretaries, Chren said he acted in such a way as to prevent any conflict of interest, adding that he did everything to ensure that "Hayek Consulting withdrew from the contract before any money could change hands," he said as quoted by TASR.
He also stressed that from the time he joined the top political position he severed his affiliation with Hayek Consulting and the Hayek Foundation – a right-wing think tank. Chren rejected any suggestion that Hayek Consulting participated anything like a ‘bulletin-board tender’. He said the company won a number of tenders but none of those had been published solely on bulletin boards.
Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ)) said Sunday that although she has now obtained more information on the case, she still harbours the same opinion as before: she sees the conduct of Chren and Švejna in terms of conflict of interest. She plans to discuss the issue with her partners at the Coalition Council's session set for September 21.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Sep 2010 at 14:00