Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Head of ROA dismissed from NOVA party

Daniel Lipšic, leader of the New Majority (NOVA) party, says he has dismissed Ján Feranc, one of the owners of the Regional Procurement Agency (ROA), as a party member. ROA was granted the right by the Interior Ministry to handle procurement on behalf of the ministry and more than 20 other state organisations, but was subsequently criticised in the media when the deal became public. He became a member of NOVA only a few days before the media reports emerged, the Etrend.sk website wrote on April 30.

Daniel Lipšic, leader of the New Majority (NOVA) party, says he has dismissed Ján Feranc, one of the owners of the Regional Procurement Agency (ROA), as a party member. ROA was granted the right by the Interior Ministry to handle procurement on behalf of the ministry and more than 20 other state organisations, but was subsequently criticised in the media when the deal became public. He became a member of NOVA only a few days before the media reports emerged, the Etrend.sk website wrote on April 30.

“He was a member for about a week, [but] as soon as we found out that he stands behind the agency, we dismissed him,” Lipšic told Etrend.sk.

He added that the person who recommended Feranc to the party has also had to leave.

Lipšic says he did not know Feranc in person. Since he does not check all the party’s members, he admitted that in future some other person with what he called a murky past might also join the party, Etrend.sk wrote.

Feranc owns the company TenderOnline, which together with the municipality of Horné Plachtince owns ROA. The company was responsible for various tenders, including one for PR and consultancy services worth up to €130 million. But after ROA made media headlines in late April for that deal, which critics described as potentially fraudulent, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, whose ministry is responsible for state procurement, moved to distance himself from the firm and said his ministry – although it appointed ROA in the first place – would not do business with the winners of the tender it had held. He also advised other agency to terminate their cooperation with ROA.

Source: Etrend.sk

To read more about this story please see: Small village plus big money equals trouble

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

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

How does Slovakia support innovations?

Companies operating in Slovakia can benefit from state subsidies, EU resources and venture capital funds.

Science in Slovakia is underfunded, lagging behind other European countries.

Slovaks speak the worst English in central Europe

Seven out of ten job applicants in Slovakia claim to speak English.

Illustrative Stock Photo

Journalists should resist the temptation to tweet

There is still a need for old-fashioned news reporters who just get the facts out there, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ian Johnson.

Ian Johnson

We refuse Fico's attacks against journalists

More than 480 journalists have signed a statement condemning the most recent verbal attacks of the former prime minister against journalists.

Slovak journalists at one of protest rallies organised in response to the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée.