The managing board of the National Agency for Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (NADSME) will not have its next session until October 4 and carrying out the wish of Prime Minister Iveta Radičová to dismiss all persons on the management board will not be easy, said Economy Minister Juraj Miškov (SaS) to the TASR newswire on September 27.
The agency is an interest group made up of corporate bodies along with the Economy Ministry, the Association of Slovak Entrepreneurs (ZPS) and the Slovak Tradesmen Association (SZZ). Radičová gave Miškov only seven days to dismiss the entire NADSME managing board last Friday (September 24). However, according to the NADSME statutes, it takes at least seven days to convene the managing board.
“I'm taking action, but I can't violate the rules,” said Miškov. According to Economy Ministry State Secretary Martin Chren (SaS), the suspicions of criminal activities published by Radičová on Friday do not concern the agency itself but rather its 100-percent daughter company ‘Fond fondov’. Founded in 2006, the purpose of Fond fondov is to support innovative companies in getting started by supplying risk capital.
The prime minister said she has asked Miškov to dismiss NADSME general director Miroslav Dunajčin for allegedly two cases of tunnelling that took place in the agency during the previous government. Radičová added that the Anti-Corruption Bureau is also looking into the case which allegedly involved embezzlement of around €4.5 million.
The prime minister also insisted on replacing all members of the management board, including those who were appointed after the June general election. It was NADSME that in summer this year signed the much-discussed contract with Hayek Consulting company worth €8,100.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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28. Sep 2010 at 14:00