On Tuesday, November 2, President Ivan Gašparovič appointed József Nagy as the new minister of Slovakia’s resurrected Environment Ministry, the SITA newswire wrote. The cabinet recalled Nagy from his post as State Secretary of the Agriculture, Environment and Regional Development Ministry at its last session effective Monday, November 1 so that he could take the ministerial post.
Nagy is a nominee of Most-Híd party. During the ceremony, Gašparovič pointed at problems which the environmental sphere has to cope with in Slovakia. The new minister stressed that he had worked for several weeks as the state secretary of the Agriculture Ministry where he was responsible for the environment. He told the SITA newswire he plans to focus on anti-flood measures, old environmental burdens and Slovakia's legal obligations towards the EU.
The Environment Ministry was eliminated at the initiative of former prime minister Robert Fico (Smer) to save costs. As of July 1, 2010, its competencies were passed on to the Agriculture Ministry, which was renamed the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Regional Development. The Environment Ministry has restarted its operation as an
independent department as of November 1, 2010.
When the bill concerning the restart of the Environment Ministry was first passed, Gašparovič vetoed it but parliament overturned his veto. The restoration of the ministry was supported by the 76 deputies needed for approving a vetoed piece of legislation. Prime Minister Iveta
Radičová said that the ministry's operation was restarted also because of the situation after this year's floods in Slovakia.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Nov 2010 at 14:00