Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš stated on April 18 that the general director of Slovakia’s Tax Directorate, Miroslav Mikulčík, enjoys his full trust and called on Mikulčík to remain in his post even though Prime Minister Iveta Radičová had indirectly asked Mikulčík to resign on April 16 because of controversy surrounding a rental arrangement involving the offices of the Tax Directorate in Košice, the TASR newswire reported.
"I don't see any relevant reason for him to resign from his post. My examination of all the factors has persuaded me that general director Mikulčík has been acting in accordance with the public interest and in line with the law," Mikloš said in a statement, as quoted by TASR.
Mikloš said that he is fully aware of his personal accountability but also of his authority as a minister of the government.
"I would like to emphasise that while I serve as finance minister, personnel issues and personnel replacements within the sector will solely be decided by the minister and nobody else," Mikloš stated, adding that further questions will be answered at a press conference scheduled for Tuesday morning, April 19.
Mikulčík earlier this year signed a contract to rent a building in Košice with Nitra Invest, a company owned by Ondrej Ščurka, who serves as the SDKÚ district chairman in Nitra. The contract was for a five-year lease for €6.6 million.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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