SaS deputies unveil a draft to curb mayors' salaries

Three MPs of the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS), Szilard Somogyi, Ľuboš Majer, and Kamil Krnáč, believe that their colleagues in the Slovak parliament will support their blueprint governing the legal position and remuneration of mayors of villages and towns in the second reading even though the government is working on its own proposal on the issue.

Three MPs of the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS), Szilard Somogyi, Ľuboš Majer, and Kamil Krnáč, believe that their colleagues in the Slovak parliament will support their blueprint governing the legal position and remuneration of mayors of villages and towns in the second reading even though the government is working on its own proposal on the issue.

"We put so much trust in this proposal, basing it on the current situation, that we would welcome full support of the ruling coalition," Somogyi told journalists on February 1.

The initial draft that had been advanced to a second reading in December has now been modified through an extensive amending proposal reflecting several comments and consultations.

The new rules reintroduce a cap for salaries of mayors which had been previously cancelled. The document stipulates a fixed salary lowered by ten percent from the previous coefficients, Somogyi explained to SITA. Bonuses of up to fifty percent of the salary were preserved but these cannot be granted in advance.

The three deputies suggest two- and three-months of severance pay instead of the current five-month salary depending on how long the outgoing mayor has served. The authors of the legislation estimate that their legislation would save €30-40 million. The representatives of the Slovak Association of Towns and Villages (ZMOS) who labelled the draft amendment as populist, presented themselves as "trade unions of Slovak mayors", Somogyi stated regarding their opposition to the draft.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Nationwide testing gained contours

The Defence Ministry reveals details on upcoming testing, removal of the STU rector was far from normal. Take a look at our latest news digest.

President Zuzana Čaputová meeting with scientists and experts on epidemiology, infectology and medicine.

Senate voted STU rector down. Police called to the uni as well

The session of the Academic Senate proposed that Rector Fikar be dismissed.

Miroslav Fikar

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks

People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.