Slovak National Gallery fires four employees over ‘overpriced website’

The Slovak National Gallery fired four employees because of what has been called an “overpriced” new website and announced it will take further measures such as amending internal guidelines on financial audits as of February 1, 2012, to follow-up on a partial audit recently conducted, the SITA newswire reported.

The Slovak National Gallery fired four employees because of what has been called an “overpriced” new website and announced it will take further measures such as amending internal guidelines on financial audits as of February 1, 2012, to follow-up on a partial audit recently conducted, the SITA newswire reported.

The gallery's head, Alexandra Kusá, told Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer about these measures on January 27. The ministry has ordered an expert review of the website and the gallery should seek a return of funds paid in excess of the “appraised value” of the work on the website, Eva Chudinová from the ministry told SITA.

The ministry launched an audit of the SNG website after media last December openly criticised the website. The site was designed at a cost of €24,860 by Juraj Sukop, who had received the National Design Prize for communication design in 2009.

SITA wrote that the Slovak National Gallery had ordered the website as a work of art while web designers and programmers criticised the project, claiming that the final product was not worth the money either from an artistic or functional point of view and that it could have been developed by any student for several hundred euros.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: The Gale targets corruption, cabinet officially prolongs curfew

Slovakia learned about biggest corporate taxpayers, the president signed laws changing the minimum wage and 13th pensions. Read the latest news overview.

Mobile testing units were built in the Hviezdoslavovo Square in Bratislava.

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov

Storm transforms into Gale. More judges and an influential businessman detained

The police raid related to corruption in Bratislava courts.

Businessman Zoroslav Kollár (l) was brought to NAKA.