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Transparency International criticises Slovak municipalities’ disclosure methods

Slovak towns and cities are making information about their public contracts available on the internet but they doing so only because they must, not because they want to do so as a service to citizens, according to a survey released by Transparency International Slovensko (TIS) on March 2, the TASR newswire reported. Municipalities in the Nitra region had the best results, while Banská Bystrica and Trenčín regions were worst in terms of disclosing contracts, TIS reported, adding that although contracts have almost always been published on websites they are not done in a manner that people would find practical or that would allow them to easily find information.

Slovak towns and cities are making information about their public contracts available on the internet but they doing so only because they must, not because they want to do so as a service to citizens, according to a survey released by Transparency International Slovensko (TIS) on March 2, the TASR newswire reported.

Municipalities in the Nitra region had the best results, while Banská Bystrica and Trenčín regions were worst in terms of disclosing contracts, TIS reported, adding that although contracts have almost always been published on websites they are not done in a manner that people would find practical or that would allow them to easily find information.

"The tool of publishing [contracts] may be threatened as such in this way," stated TIS, as quoted by TASR.

Three towns aren't publishing their contracts at all, TIS reported, even though they have been obliged to do so for two months now. Towns and cities run by mayors nominated by the (non-parliamentary) Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and Smer parties have been disclosing contracts in the most appropriate manner, TIS said, adding that towns with mayors from the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) and the Slovak National Party (SNS) seem to have the biggest problems with meeting this obligation.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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