Transport Minister Ján Figeľ (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) confirmed on Tuesday, May 10, that he had received an anonymous letter in which disaffected National Highway Company (NDS) staff point to what they claim were overpriced purchases of training and consulting services for the state-run firm, the TASR newswire reported.
Figeľ said he would seek an explanation from NDS head Alan Sitár. The anonymous whistle-blowing letters, which have also been sent to several media organisations including TASR, pose questions at the very least, Figeľ said. More measures will be taken once it is clear that the information is correct, he added. "Please find enclosed copies of 17 orders from the (NDS) general director and his colleagues. They represent would-be work worth €309,203, which is an incredible Sk9.315 million," reads the letter. "You can all peruse these orders on NDS's website. We're highly disillusioned about this."
In response to an allegedly costly training course that supposedly took place at a five-star hotel, Figeľ said that the main responsibility to explain the expense lies with the NDS head and other top officials. He added, however, that he isn't familiar with the details or with a claim that the hotel concerned is co-owned by a former member of the NDS supervisory council.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. May 2011 at 10:00