Economy Ministry State Secretary Martin Chren (SaS) and Transport Ministry State Secretary Iven Švejna (Most-Híd) will remain in their posts for at least the time being, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) announced ahead of the government session on September 22.
Radičová also told the TASR newswire that she is still to discuss the case with SaS leader Richard Sulik who did not attend the Coalition Council meeting on September 21as he was travelling abroad.
“The conclusion of the discussion at the Coalition Council was that I view it as an ethical problem and a problem that concerns a conflict of interest,” the prime minister said.
“The solution must come from my talks with the party chairmen [Sulík from SaS and Béla Bugár from Most-Híd]. I've spoken with Mr. Bugár at various points, and after a talk with Mr. Sulík I'll convene the chairs of all parties again,” she announced, adding a message to opposition leader Robert Fico (Smer) that he has no right to comment on the issue given the shady management of public money under his government.
The prime minister declined to speculate on whether she would dismiss the two state secretaries if it were entirely up to her saying “There is no such 'if'. I have responsibility for the coalition, while it is political parties that bear political responsibility for their nominees. I don't have any power to decide on a state secretary,” adding that if such a situation occurred in her party she would call for the minister to act.
In the so-called ‘Hayek case' she sees a conflict of interest in a contract for €8,100 signed between Hayek Consulting and the Economy Ministry at a time when Chren and Śvejna had already become state secretaries. Former prime minister Fico wants Economy Minister Juraj Miškov (SaS) to be sacked as well.
For more info on the Hayek case, please read Hayek Consulting deals examined - updated
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Sep 2010 at 10:00