After weeks of negotiation, Slovakia’s five opposition parties agreed on Wednesday, May 16, on how to divide the senior public positions which they have the authority to fill. The Public Procurement Office (ÚVO) will be headed by a nominee of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), former Statistics Office head Peter Mach. The Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) will be led by Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Kamil Krnáč, who was proposed by his own party, the TASR newswire wrote.
Ján Tóth – currently chief economist and head of the Institute of Financial Policy (IFP) with the Finance Ministry – should be installed as vice-governor of the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), the country’s central bank. The Fiscal Council currently being established will have Ľudovít Ódor as its head.
The chair of the supervisory board of the National Property Fund (FNM) will be appointed by Most-Híd; the party will also have a nominee in the Slovak Land Fund (SPF), as will the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). Most-Híd has not named its candidates yet. Apart from the head of the NKÚ, SaS will also nominate one member of the Public Radio and Television / RTVS Council. Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), which wanted the ÚVO to be led by someone from a non-governmental environment, will nominate no-one. “We tried to contribute to the agreement of the opposition by giving up all of our claims,” OĽaNO leader Igor Matovič said, as quoted by TASR.
KDH leader Ján Figeľ presented the agreement in parliament on Wednesday after negotiations had concluded.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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