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Head of a state company was renting car to himself

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis sacked the executive director of ministry-owned company MH Development Ladislav Košecký because he rented a vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser from his own firm Mertimex, the TASR newswire reported on October 27.

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis sacked the executive director of ministry-owned company MH Development Ladislav Košecký because he rented a vehicle, a Toyota Land Cruiser from his own firm Mertimex, the TASR newswire reported on October 27.

Pavlis recalled Košecký after receiving a letter of complaint from independent MP Miroslav Beblavý.

“Ladislav Košecký is the only partner in Mertimex therefore he signed an agreement with himself and through it made a profit from public finances,” Beblavý said, as quoted by the Sme daily.

He added that monthly fee for the car was €1,200 excluding VAT.

“This is more than €14,000 in a year, a sum that buys you a car easily,” Beblavý said, as quoted by TASR.

The Independent MP also referred to a similar case that he brought attention to in late August. Beblavý pointed out at the time that the head of the largely state-run Bratislava Stock Exchange (BCPB) Jozef Medveď had hired a car for BCPB from a company called Vanys, which was under his sole ownership. Pavlis then had Medveď dismissed, according to TASR

“The economy minister considers the course of action by the head of MH Development to be unethical, just as was the case with the head of the Bratislava Stock Exchange,” said ministry spokesperson Miriam Žiaková, as quoted by TASR.

Žiaková added that Košecký will receive no severance pay and noted that MH Development will merge with another ministry-owned company MH Invest as of January.

Sme found in MH Development’s invoices more orders for people close to Košecký. The state paid in total €17,000 for various landscaping, green maintenance or garden work. While Michal Držík signed those contracts as a representative of the firm Stuples where Košecký again is the only partner. The Economy Ministry promised to check on them.

Košecký refused to comment the case, according to Sme.

(Source: TASR, Sme)

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