Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

MPs' plane trip to Russia criticised

THE WEEKEND trip of four Smer MPs to Saint Petersburg on a government aeroplane has drawn criticism from several opposition politicians. On September 24, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulík called on Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška to publish information about the weekend trip.TV Markíza broke the news about the flight to Russia, with the media speculating that the trip was actually a “hen party ride”.

THE WEEKEND trip of four Smer MPs to Saint Petersburg on a government aeroplane has drawn criticism from several opposition politicians. On September 24, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulík called on Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška to publish information about the weekend trip.
TV Markíza broke the news about the flight to Russia, with the media speculating that the trip was actually a “hen party ride”.

Jana Laššáková, Darina Gabániová, Anna Vitteková and Ľubica Rošková rode on the 19-seat YAK 40 plane, according to the Sme daily.

The work trip to Saint Petersburg had been planned long in advance, with Slovakia commemorating the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic ties with Russia and the 15th anniversary of opening the general consulate in Saint Petersburg, Paška’s spokesperson Pavel Chovanec told the TASR newswire.
“The YAK 40 jet aircraft was used as parliamentary vice-chair Jana Laššáková had protocol-related duties involving a visit from China,” Paška said, as quoted by Sme, adding that as a constitutional official, Laššáková is entitled to this manner of transport.

The opposition has criticised Paška, with Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Richard Sulík saying that the whole incident is a failure on Paška’s part, as the parliamentary speaker must sign off on the use of the plane.

“I also expect the Smer party to cover the costs incurred out of its own pocket,” Sulík said, as quoted by TASR. Sulík claimed that an aeroplane ticket to Saint Petersburg on a commercial flight costs some €100-500, and thus the four MPs would have paid between €1,000-2,000.

“However, being all classy, the ladies from Smer decided to go on a trip worth €44,000 on the government plane. That’s outrageous!” Sulík said, rejecting Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák’s argument that the aircraft needs to be used in order to spend a certain required amount of hours airborne.

Kaliňák was unable to quantify the costs for the flight.

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

Fallen lines and engine fires: Slovak trains are not without incidents Photo

Slovak rail carrier ZSSK is facing a massive wave of criticism after some recent accidents.

Fire on a train between Šaľa and Galanta.

Rules for hiring foreigners are simpler. For exceptions

Despite positive changes, employers still point to some barriers preventing more effective and simpler recruitment of foreign workers.

Some problems with Foreigners’ Police continue.

For a Decent Slovakia protests to resume on Friday

After a summer break, organisers of the protests that have drawn masses to Slovakia’s streets stated that their – and the citizens’ – demands are far from being met.

For A Decent Slovakia march on June 22, 2018, in Bratislava.

Indentikit picture released in murder case of Ján Kuciak may have bourne fruit

A mason from the village where the murdered journalist and his fiancée were found claims he knows the man from the identikit who is wanted for questioning.

Identikit of the man wanted as a witness in the case of Ján Kuciak murder