An opposition candidate nominated by the Smer party to head the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), Ján Valko, failed to receive the support of the government at its session on June 8, the TASR newswire wrote.
Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (SDKÚ) raised her objections against the Smer candidate already at the June 6 Coalition Council session. "Based on my objections, I asked Mr. [Smer chairman Robert] Fico to put forward a different proposal, which he refused to do," she said at the time, as quoted by TASR.
Previous ÚVO head Roman Šipoš resigned from the office on April 11 after suspicions surfaced about his past cooperation with the Slovak Intelligence Service. Since then, the office has been run by his secretary Marek Vladár, whom the coalition accused of having a conflict of interest, as he was himself responsible for some of public procurements at the Interior Ministry under Robert Fico's government that are currently being investigated by ÚVO.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Jun 2011 at 10:00