Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) chairman Ján Figeľ received his diploma rightly and duly, according to the independent accreditation committee, despite having received it for a book about Slovakia’s accession talks before joining the European Union, in which he had a leading role as a negotiator.
He did not write the book alone, and it touched on the subject of his thesis, social work, only marginally, the Sme daily wrote on Tuesday, December 11. The accreditation committee ruled that about one third of Figeľ’s work pertained to the social-economic sphere, which is enough to justify his diploma. “The stance of the independent accreditation committee confirmed the validity of the diploma and thus refuted the false and misleading accusations concerning my person,” the KDH boss said, as quoted by Sme. The accreditation committee deemed statements made by the Rector of Saint Elizabeth’s College of Health Care and Social Work in Bratislava, Vladimír Krčméry, that he gave the diploma and the PhD title to Figeľ as a reward for having been in the important position of European Commissioner for Education, to be “unfortunate”. Krčméry then admitted that a thesis by an ordinary student would have to have been different.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Dec 2012 at 14:00