Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík of the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) said that the payment of Sk500,000 (€16,597) that he received in 2006 at the end of his tenure as the director of OLO, a waste disposal company owned by the city of Bratislava, was proper, the TASR newswire reported. Sulík was reacting to critical statements made earlier on February 7 by Smer chairman Robert Fico.
"That was part of a nine-month-old outstanding claim that I made them pay me at my leaving the company. It equalled five of my salaries, I was earning Sk100,000 (€3,319) a month at OLO," Sulík told TASR. He stated the sum represented a total of Sk500,000 ((€16,597) for two years of work and not €90,000 for 40 days, as was the case with the former heads of the Košice-based TEKO heating plant that has caused an uproar among the public and politicians. Sulík rejected Fico's charges of him having family relations with Ivan Zich, who was nominated to head the Košice heating plant by SaS.
Fico gave journalists a copy of an internal letter dated March 2006, in which then-outgoing OLO director Sulík authorised the company to pay him a bonus, citing a phone call with OLO Board of Directors’ member Anna Pavlovičová.
"Bratislava City Mayor Andrej Ďurkovský promised me a bonus equalling fivefold the amount of my salary with respect to my leaving the company," Sulík wrote in the letter.
"It wasn't a severance but a bonus, in light of the fact that he left the company of his own volition," said Fico.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Feb 2011 at 14:00