Fico dismisses calls to explain dinner

PRIME Minister Robert Fico refuses to show the invoice for the dinner with his assistant Jana Halászová in the Afrodita restaurant in Čereňany, saying it is his private business, the Sme daily reported in its October 11 issue.

PRIME Minister Robert Fico refuses to show the invoice for the dinner with his assistant Jana Halászová in the Afrodita restaurant in Čereňany, saying it is his private business, the Sme daily reported in its October 11 issue.

Fico denies he paid the bill for the private dinner with state money. According to him, it was a private dinner, for which he paid from his own pocket. Except for Halászová he dined there with another six people, all of them his colleagues. Yet, he did not specify the names, as reported by Sme.

The Afrodita restaurant, in which Fico and his assistant dined, is owned by Marián Filo who receives orders from the Government Office worth thousands of euros. The daily received the invoices showing the state has paid to Filo’s company more than €24,000 since the beginning of 2013. The invoices include a bill worth €2,800 for a lunch for foreign delegations, attended by 20 people. This means that the state paid an average price of €140 per person.

Fico said that Filo was chosen to represent the country as a top chef, Sme wrote.

The parliament often uses the restaurant at Bratislava Castle where a meal costs about €50 per person, parliament spokeswoman Soňa Pötheová told Sme. For bigger events the sum reaches to €120 per person.

Source: Sme

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