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Transport minister orders audit at ŽSR

TRANSPORT Minister Ján Figeľ has ordered a ministerial audit at Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR), Slovakia’s railway infrastructure operator. The audit is expected to determine whether procurement at the state-run company violated any laws in the past, the SITA newswire reported.

TRANSPORT Minister Ján Figeľ has ordered a ministerial audit at Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR), Slovakia’s railway infrastructure operator. The audit is expected to determine whether procurement at the state-run company violated any laws in the past, the SITA newswire reported.

“If they find such practices, the whole matter will be referred to the police,” the Transport Ministry’s spokesperson Martin Krajčovič told SITA.

ŽSR operates railway infrastructure such as tracks and stations. The ministry said it would appoint new management for the company soon.

The Transport Minister stated in mid-September that he wanted to examine how ŽSR had purchased goods and services in the past, stating that he suspected that laws and regulations on public procurement had been violated and that there may have been instances of corruption and cronyism. He stated that goods were purchased by ŽSR in several cases for twice the standard price, SITA wrote.


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