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Audit reveals financial irregularities at Slovak Television

Public-service broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) says it will do its utmost to prevent a repeat of the results of the Culture Ministry's financial audit of the contract between Slovak Television and the state for 2010. Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer said the results are scandalous, the SITA newswire reported.

Public-service broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) says it will do its utmost to prevent a repeat of the results of the Culture Ministry's financial audit of the contract between Slovak Television and the state for 2010. Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer said the results are scandalous, the SITA newswire reported.

"Slovak Television spent more than €3,800,000 that was not authorised by budgetary rules," Krajcer told the June 21 news conference. "There is a realistic suspicion several crimes might have occurred – in particular subsidies’ fraud, forging of economic and business records, and fraud and breach of duties in administration of entrusted property. The ministry will file a criminal motion in this regard,” the minister stated

Radio and Television of Slovakia, the successor to the formerly independent Slovak Television (STV) and Slovak Radio, accepted some of the findings and returned €64,000 from its budget to the state. According to the company's spokesman, Richard Sumeghy, the ministry's audit concerned bookkeeping for the entire STV contract for 2010 as well as other projects.

Slovak Television, at that time headed by Štefan Nižňanský, signed a contract with the Culture Ministry, headed by former minister Marek Maďarič, on December 21, 2009. That contract allocated €12.5 million for the station’s programme production for 2010. The Culture Ministry's audit stated that more than €3.8 million was used for purposes not authorised by that contract.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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