Parliamentary conflict of interest committee to deal with Paška's appearance on TA3

Parliament's conflict of interests committee will deal with a complaint against Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška, committee chairman and opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Miroslav Beblavý said on March 21, as reported by the TASR newswire.

Parliament's conflict of interests committee will deal with a complaint against Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška, committee chairman and opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Miroslav Beblavý said on March 21, as reported by the TASR newswire.

The complaint against Paška was submitted by the extra-parliamentary Civic Conservative Party (OKS) – some of whose members sit as MPs after being elected last year via preferential balloting under the umbrella of the opposition Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) party – because of his appearance in an advertisement broadcast by TV news channel TA3. The OKS alleges that Paška has violated Slovakia's constitutional law and is demanding that the committee impose a fine on him of one year's salary.

According to Paška's spokesman, Pavol Chovanec, the speaker did not violate the law as he did not appear in an advertisement for a specific product or service, but in an in-house promotion for TA3. The law states that public officials "must not use themselves, their name and surname, their appearance, picture or a recording of their voice or their signature for advertising". The advertisements are being broadcast by TA3 in connection with changes to its broadcasting schedule. However, the submitters claim that the advertisement represents advertising for the TV station, and thus violates the law.

The Sme daily reported that the conflict of interests committee will look into Paška's case on April 3.

Sources: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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