Slovakia’s agricultural minister says predecessor bought political leaflets with state money

Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon said on Thursday, September 23, that he would file a criminal complaint with the police after discovering that the Agriculture Ministry under previous leadership of Vladimír Chovan ordered the printing of election campaign leaflets for the Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party in May using state funds, the TASR newswire reported. The €8,250 order, Simon told reporters, was placed by phone with the Food Research Institute, which reports to the Agriculture Ministry. The graphic design sample was delivered in a CD with the service being reimbursed by the ministry the next month.

Agriculture Minister Zsolt Simon said on Thursday, September 23, that he would file a criminal complaint with the police after discovering that the Agriculture Ministry under previous leadership of Vladimír Chovan ordered the printing of election campaign leaflets for the Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) party in May using state funds, the TASR newswire reported.

The €8,250 order, Simon told reporters, was placed by phone with the Food Research Institute, which reports to the Agriculture Ministry. The graphic design sample was delivered in a CD with the service being reimbursed by the ministry the next month.

“This could only have happened with Chovan being aware of and consenting to it,” Simon said, as quoted by TASR. Simon described such conduct as the height of impudence for HZDS and Chovan himself but claimed that the responsibility for such practices was with the entire previous government.

“Instead of devoting himself to problems in the sector and food producers in flood-hit places he, without compunction, gave orders and consent to running a political campaign for his own party at the expense of taxpayers," said the Simon.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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