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Radičová reports 15 applicants for ÚVO post

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová told the media on July 6 that 15 persons have applied for the currently vacant post of head of Slovakia’s Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), adding that all applicants met the criteria but she did not reveal the names, the TASR newswire reported. The previous ÚVO head, Roman Šipoš, resigned from the office without explanation on April 11. Since then the office has been run by his secretary, Marek Vladár, who the governing coalition has accused of conflict of interest as he was responsible for public procurements at the Interior Ministry under Robert Fico's government that are currently being investigated by ÚVO.

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová told the media on July 6 that 15 persons have applied for the currently vacant post of head of Slovakia’s Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), adding that all applicants met the criteria but she did not reveal the names, the TASR newswire reported.

The previous ÚVO head, Roman Šipoš, resigned from the office without explanation on April 11. Since then the office has been run by his secretary, Marek Vladár, who the governing coalition has accused of conflict of interest as he was responsible for public procurements at the Interior Ministry under Robert Fico's government that are currently being investigated by ÚVO.

According to an unwritten political agreement, the Public Procurement Office has always been headed by a nominee from an opposition party. But Radičová has raised objections against opposition Smer candidate Ján Valko on June 6, saying that he failed to meet the criteria required for the position in terms of experience, integrity and expertise.

The Government Office decided to publish a call for independent experts to apply for the post.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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