Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Fico calls on opposition to nominate candidate to lead ÚVO

Prime Minister Robert Fico has asked the opposition parties to stop arguing and agree on a candidate to head the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), the TASR newswire reported.

Prime Minister Robert Fico has asked the opposition parties to stop arguing and agree on a candidate to head the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO), the TASR newswire reported.

“Please stop squabbling with each other,” he said, as quoted by TASR. “I have a solution. I will take those who [former premier] Mrs [Iveta] Radičová selected and simply choose the best one of them to become the new ÚVO chair. We cannot keep waiting until you reach an agreement and submit a candidate.”

Opposition leaders have been negotiating over the candidacy for several weeks. While Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) is proposing one of its MPs, Kamil Krnáč, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) has named the former chair of the Statistics Office, Peter Mach, and the vice-chair of the Supreme Audit Office, Emil Kočiš, as possible candidates.

According to Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP and party leadership candidate Lucia Žitňanská, the time taken by the opposition to negotiate the issue is ridiculous. She stressed that the ÚVO is a very important supervisory body and must function properly.

KDH leader Ján Figeľ said that the opposition is likely to reach an agreement by May 16, TASR wrote.

Other posts that are still unfilled include the vice-governorship of the Slovak National Bank (NBS), country’s central bank, a seat on the new Fiscal Council, and the chairs of the National Property Fund (FNM) supervisory board and the Broadcasting and Retransmission Council (RVR).

Source: TASR

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

Top stories

Kysuce highway stalled due to missing money

Money is missing to finish the section of highway between Žilina and Poland, stopping the completion of the D3 highway project.

Road-blocking protest in Povina, Kysuce, demanding completion of highway bypass - February 16.

Slovak film won Generation Kplus section at Berlinale

The film Little Harbour that won the Crystal Bear – beating movies from many other countries - is the work of (mostly) Slovak women.

Director of Little Harbour, Iveta Grófová, with the Cristal Bear

State insulation falls behind expectations, ministry widens support

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the insulation programme.

Only 134 homeowners in the first round and 62 in the second applied for a subsidy via the state insulation programme. Illustration stock photo

US philosopher with Slovak roots, Michael Novak, dies

The man who advised politicians and even presidents Gerald Ford and James Carter died on February 17, aged 83.

Michael Novak