The presidium of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) may call on its MP – and past mayor of Bratislava – Andrej Ďurkovský to give up his MP's mandate over recent issues that have surfaced regarding the Bratislava Waterworks Company (BVS) and the city's PKO Culture and Leisure Centre, an unnamed source from KDH told the TASR newswire on January 24.
A meeting of the party's top leaders took place on the afternoon of January 24 with the source saying that calling on Ďurkovský to give up his MP's mandate would be the last resort, to be used only if he failed to provide credible justifications for his actions. If he disregards a call to step down he could be expelled from the KDH parliamentary caucus, added the source. KDH spokesman Matej Kováč told TASR on Monday that party leader Ján Figeľ has asked Ďurkovský to give his version of events.
The current mayor of Bratislava, Milan Ftáčnik, said last week that there is every indication that there has been embezzlement at BVS as the volume of water processed has been on a rise while the amounts invoiced have decreased, with BVS’s financial losses increasing at the same time.
Ďurkovský is also expected to explain why he granted full powers to a company called Henbury Development to demolish the city's well-known PKO Culture and Leisure Centre. In a document dated November 24, three days prior to the local election, Bratislava City surrendered its rights vis-a-vis the project even though it owns the property. It is alleged that Ďurkovský acted without any approval from the Bratislava city council.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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25. Jan 2011 at 10:00