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NGO watchdogs call on Radičová to act on Tax Directorate office in Košice

Former colleagues of Prime Minister Iveta Radičová from the non-governmental sector and supporters in her 2009 presidential campaign are saying that they expect the Prime Minister to act over suspicions of cronyism in the rental of a building for Tax Directorate in Košice, the Sme daily reported.

Former colleagues of Prime Minister Iveta Radičová from the non-governmental sector and supporters in her 2009 presidential campaign are saying that they expect the Prime Minister to act over suspicions of cronyism in the rental of a building for Tax Directorate in Košice, the Sme daily reported.

“If she does not punish anybody, it will be very disappointing for me,” said Laco Oravec from the Milan Šimečka Foundation, as quoted by the daily.

“It is a basic duty of the prime minister to express her doubts over cronyism and report to the public,” stated Gabriel Šípoš, the head of the ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovakia, as quoted by Sme.

Together with Fair-Play Alliance, Transparency International Slovakia advised the Finance Ministry not to sign a lease with Nitra Invest, owned by Ondrej Ščurka, a member of the Slovak Christian and Democratic Party (SDKÚ). Ján Figeľ, the chair of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) stated that he does not understand why Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš asked the watchdogs to check the documentation of the tender when he has not taken their recommendations into consideration.

Political scientist Grigorij Mesežnikov said that Radičová should express her opinion regarding the tender, pointing out that few weeks ago she insisted on transparent competition and conditioned it with her resignation. Mesežnikov says that if she changed her attitude, she should start talking rather than remain silent.

Mikuláš Dzurinda, the chairman of SDKÚ, said however that the whole tender was “absolutely transparent” and stated that no one was favoured in the tender process.

Source: Sme

For more information see also: Tax Directorate okays Nitra Invest office rental bid

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