Kiska assembles team; first names surface

PRESIDENT-ELECT Andrej Kiska, who will be inaugurated into his new post on June 15, has already started putting together his team of advisors.

PRESIDENT-ELECT Andrej Kiska, who will be inaugurated into his new post on June 15, has already started putting together his team of advisors.

The first name that appeared in the media is that of Ján Mazák, former head of the Constitutional Court and a respected expert on constitutional law, who currently works at the Law School of the University of P.J. Šafárik in Košice. He is to be Kiska’s aide regarding law and the functioning of the European Union.

“My task will be a very simple one, I will give him some recommendations, starting points, and then it will be up to him to decide how to make use of such advice,” Mazák said, as quoted by the SITA newswire. Mazák however did not discuss with Kiska whether he should be a member of the team of the president’s office. Mazák reiterated that he wants to cooperate with Kiska on a professional level.

“Similarly to Mr Kiska, I do not want to enter into relations with political parties and politicians,” he said, as quoted by SITA.

Martin Bútora, former ambassador to the US and the honorary president of the Institute of Public Affairs non-governmental think tank, is another name that surfaced in connection with Kiska’s team. Bútora confirmed that Kiska offered him a role in his team, and for now they have discussed only the interim period until the inauguration, SITA reported.

Bútora is to be a member of the team that will aide Kiska until he takes over the presidential office. He did not say whether he will continue working at the president’s office after the inauguration.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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