Under the previous government of Robert Fico, the national lottery company Tipos excessively promoted concerts by foreign musical bands and local sports clubs, Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš has told parliament. Mikloš replaced senior managers at Tipos soon after he took office.
Speaking during Question Hour in Parliament, Mikloš added that between 2006 and 2010 Tipos was being bled dry by its then-managers, who favoured sports clubs over all others. On the day of their removal signed contracts worth a total of €320,000 were on the table, Mikloš said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, listing €150,000 to be paid towards a concert tour by foreign bands, €100,000 towards the promotion of the televised Music One Awards and €70,000 in support of Bratislava-based ice hockey team Slovan.
Within less than three years, Mikloš said, Tipos pumped close to €2 million into Slovan. Solely foreign-based bands and singers that benefited from Tipos money included Lenny Kravitz, Pussycat Dolls, Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Depeche Mode and Kiss.
Ján Počiatek, Mikloš' predecessor as finance minister, responded by saying that Tipos had never performed better than during his term.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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15. Oct 2010 at 10:00