The Slovak cabinet has changed a proposal from the Justice Ministry which would have meant that state-owned firms would not be obliged to publish their regular business contracts. The change came after it was pointed out that this would probably have led to them conceal all contract information. The cabinet approved an alternative solution whereby contracts will not be published, but a list of them will go online, the Sme daily reported on Thursday, August 18. As a result, citizens will be able to ask for specific contracts from the list to be published and firms will be obliged to do so within eight working days.
The amendment to the Act on Public Access to Information also changes rules for the publication of invoices and orders involving state bodies. Municipalities will no longer have to scan documents and post them online; instead a list generated by their accounting program will be enough. There will be even more exceptions from the duty to publish contracts than there are now: to the current seven, 12 more will be added. Transparency International Slovensko head Gabriel Šípoš highlighted as particularly problematic a new exception granted to the National Highway Company (NDS), pointing to the previous problems the institution has had with land-ownerships transactions.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Aug 2011 at 14:00