The meeting of the four-party Coalition Council on Tuesday, September 21will focus on the state budget and the controversy involving state secretaries Martin Chren (Freedom and Solidarity party) and Ivan Švejna (Most-Hid party), according to the spokesperson for the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) who confirmed this to the TASR newswire.
As for the Hayek situation, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) reportedly is expecting explanations from the chairmen of the two political parties involved as she has said she suspects a conflict of interest.
SaS chairman Richard Sulík said that the contract should not have been signed in the first place, but that "as soon as Chren found out about it, he cancelled it", adding that Chren had behaved in an honest way and therefore Sulík sees no reason for his dismissal. Sulík added that it is only logical for the Hayek Foundation, which provides business analyses, to seek state contracts. Chren did everything to ensure that Hayek Consulting withdrew from the contract before any money changed hands, Sulík said.
Most-Hid chairman Bela Bugár is defending the state secretary from his party as well. "There was no conflict of interest about the state commission awarded to Hayek Consulting during the period after Ivan Švejna has become state secretary. Švejna sold his minority share in the company soon after he was appointed Transport Ministry State Secretary. Because of this, he had no information about the signing of the aforementioned contract. Hence, Most-Híd party won't dismiss him from his post," Bugár said.
The coalition parties are also set to discuss how the salaries of 2,600 government officials will be decreased. Radicova said that there are two alternatives on the table, both leading up to "10-percent cuts in salaries at least". Another item to be discussed is a forthcoming amendment to the State Language Act. Radičová announced that there are two versions: one alternative features a complete cancellation of fines and the second incorporates an option to make a decision about the fines.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Sep 2010 at 10:00