The National Aviation Days event will not take place in Piešťany (Trnava Region) but in Sliač (Banska Bystrica Region) this year, Defence Minister Ľubomír Galko said on Tuesday, February 15, referring to allegations about overpayment for the event in past years.
According to Galko, the ministry came to its decision after assessing the bids submitted in a tender. He said that the ministry would save €100,000 by moving the event, and described the sum given by the former management of the ministry to a private company to organise the events in 2009 and 2010 as outrageously high. In addition, he criticised an advance payment of €90,000 given to the company last year before the event even took place. Galko called on his predecessor Jaroslav Baška (Smer) to pay what he said was the wasted €200,000 back to the ministry out of his own pocket. “I think that Mr. Baška has enough financial means at his disposal to pay these expenses,” he added, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Three companies submitted bids in the tender, two of which met the conditions: a company called Magnet Press, which has organised the event in the past, and the Slovak Aviation Agency, which has experience organising similar events. According to Colonel Marian Kurila, the Slovak Aviation Agency’s bid was the better one. The agency’s proposed budget for the event was €275,000, while Magnet Press bid €330,000. The event was originally supposed to have taken place in June 2011, but has now been scheduled for August 27-28.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Feb 2011 at 10:00