Transport Minister Ján Počiatek has proposed dismissing Transport Ministry State Secretary Andrej Holák and replacing him with Viktor Stromček. The proposal has already been sent to the government and is set to be discussed at its next session on Wednesday, April 24, the TASR newswire wrote.
Počiatek recommends that Holák be dismissed as of April 25, with Stromček taking his place on April 26. Holák was appointed to the post in April 2012 and is currently also serving as the Smer party district chairman in Bratislava. The Transport Ministry has not commented on the reasons for the move as yet.
Stromček is currently the head of the Parliament Office, the Sme daily wrote in its Wednesday, April 24, issue. It has been rumoured that Holák is to become the deputy chairman of the Public Procurement Office (ÚVO). The ministry, however, did not comment on this information. Holák was a member of the commission that chose SkyToll in the e-toll tender, whose bid was around €200 million higher than the cheapest offer. Stromček has also faced allegations associated with mismanagement of public finances in the past.
Christian Democratic Movement chairman Ján Figeľ commented on the rumour, saying that the intention to put Holák at the helm of the ÚVO shows that the ruling party, Smer, needs someone more obliging to protect the party’s interest in the procurement authority, calling this step a conflict of interest. “We have information that this move is coming because, for the first time, the ÚVO strongly opposed the interests of the [Smer] party patrons in the huge railway tender,” Figeľ told TASR, citing the modernising of the railway track between Trenčianska Teplá and Zlatovce, which is to be re-evaluated, even though the contract between the state and the TSS Grade company has already been signed.
(Source: TASR, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Apr 2013 at 14:00