The Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) Chairman Ondrej Krajňák refused to open the extraordinary session of the ÚPN Board on October 16 and left the meeting as boardmembers then unanimously approved a resolution which states “serious and deep concern over the action of its chair, Ondrej Krajňák, who in the long term disrespects the position and tasks of the institute’s bodies”.
The resolution accused the chairman of trying – through obstructions like not summoning, or interrupting the already summoned sessions – “to disable the operation of the top management body of the ÚPN, and thus the activity of the whole institute”, the TASR newswire quoted from the resolution. This course of actions sometimes can end up in violation of the law, the resolutions claims.
Krajňák perceives the publicised accusations as a continued effort of some board members to discredit him. “These accusations come at a time when the Slovak parliament decides on substantial reduction of remuneration and bonuses for ÚPN Board members,” he wrote in a statement for TASR. “My sincere effort is to secure the normal operation of ÚPN as a public institution that documents and commemorates the crimes of fascism and communism, an effective and economic management of the financial resources of taxpayers and fulfilling the mission of the Institute in accordance with the mandate and personal responsibility which were commissioned to me by the Slovak parliament.”
He added that he fully respects the ÚPN board and its powers and that it is his interest for the board to execute these powers. But he concluded by saying that he cannot identify with the steps which, according to him, threaten the activities and operation of the ÚPN.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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