Officials who hold more than one public post should receive only a single salary from one of them, New Majority-Agreement (NOVA) proposes in a bill unveiled on October 30. Under the proposed amendment to the constitutional act on the protection of public interest, the holder of multiple public posts would only be able to receive one salary – albeit the highest one.
MPs headed by NOVA leader Daniel Lipšic said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, that parliament has seen several attempts to curb the practice of holding multiple public posts, but all have fallen flat. Consequently, it’s still possible for a regional governor to be a member of the Slovak or even European Parliament at the same time. According to Lipšic, attempts to prohibit the practice are unlikely to make it through parliament, hence NOVA’s new bill.
The party member Daniel Krajcer, who is an MP and is also running for Bratislava regional governorship, reiterated his earlier vow to give up his seat in parliament should he be elected in the regional elections next weekend.
“I’m sure that you can’t govern the region either from the Slovak or European Parliament,” he said in an apparent reference to his rivals for the post – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union-SDKÚ party chairman and current governor Pavol Frešo and Smer MEP Monika Flašíková-Beňová.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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