The former head of Slovakia’s Tax Directorate, Miroslav Mikulčík, is returning to government, the SITA newswire wrote on May 2, reporting that he will serve as an aide to Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš for the UNITAS project which is a ministry initiative to unify collection of taxes, customs duties and insurance premiums. The SITA report was based on a story appearing in the Hospodárske noviny daily.
“We have both have agreed on this. He has accepted my offer,” Mikloš said in an interview in the daily.
Prime Minister Iveta Radičová – who threatened to resign if Mikulčík was not removed from his post – has not commented on the news story. Her spokesman Rado Baťo stated that it is the decision and responsibility of the finance minister.
The daily wrote in a related story that the contract for the UNITAS project was signed by the previous government, under Finance Minister Ján Počiatek (Smer), and is worth €56 million. The new government started re-evaluating the contract and Mikulčík purportedly negotiated a €34-million discount with the tender winner, IBM. The company did not comment.
Mikulčík resigned after controversy over the rental of a building by the Tax Directorate surfaced. From May 1, Ingrid Šikulajová, previously the advisor to Mikulčík for reform of tax administration, is serving as the head of the Tax Directorate.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. May 2011 at 14:00