The Slovak government on Wednesday, November 3, appointed Branislav Cimerman as state secretary of the renewed Environment Ministry. Cimerman was previously active as director of the quality department at the Agriculture, Environment and Regional Development Ministry.
Cimerman was nominated by the new environment minister, József Nagy (Most-Híd), who was appointed to his post by President Ivan Gašparovič on Tuesday. The new state secretary said that one of his priorities would be to begin a dialogue between the ministry and NGOs, with whom he has good relations. In his career he has focused primarily on the issue of waste disposal.
The government also appointed Arpád Ersek (Most-Híd) as state secretary of the Transport, Construction and Regional Development Ministry. Ersek replaces Ivan Švejna (Most-Híd) who resigned from his post on October 13 over accusations in the media concerning the so-called Hayek case. Švejna said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, that he decided to leave because he wanted to protect Most-Híd and his former colleagues from the F.A. Hayek Foundation from media scandals.
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4. Nov 2010 at 10:00