Kristián Takáč will replace Martin Chren from the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party as the Economy Ministry’s State Secretary (Deputy Minister) it was decided at the Coalition Council meeting March 7, the TASR newswire reported.
Currently Takáč works with the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy. Chren announced his resignation from his post on February 17 and will stay in the position until formally dismissed by the government on March 9.
"It was my own personal decision to return to parliament. I wasn't forced into it by anyone. Also, I notified Economy Minister Juraj Miškov as well as SaS chairman Richard Sulík in advance. There was no pseudo-scandal nor any real scandal behind my move," said Chren as quoted by TASR, adding that his activities at the ministry were subject to a thorough audit which found no wrongdoing on his part and saying he decided to resign only after his name had been cleared.
Chren was criticised for the so-called Hayek Consulting case last year in which that company, in which Chren was a principal before entering politics, allegedly benefited from a government tender. An audit also found multiple billings for the same work done by the organisation.
Most-Híd nominee Ivan Švejna, who was also a Hayek Consulting principal, stepped down as Transport Ministry State Secretary in October but Prime Minister Iveta Radičová decided that Chren would not be asked to resign. TASR wrote that Chren had also cited medical reasons for his resignation but that he did not reveal their exact nature.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Mar 2011 at 10:00