Economy Minister Pavlis to face no-confidence vote

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis will face a no-confidence vote after opposition parties have collected enough MP signatures to call an extraordinary session where they will seek Pavlis’s ouster, the TASR newswire reported on February 12.

Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis (Source: SITA)

The opposition parties accuse Pavlis of a conflict-of-interest in the lawsuit filed by a company called Port Service against the National Property Fund (FNM) that could cost the state €60 million.

The opposition has pointed out that Port Service - where Pavlis used to be the the board of directors chairman - filed a lawsuit against National Property Fund (FNM) only five days before Pavlis became a member of the FNM's Supervisory Board. Port Services sought compensation for being expelled from privatisation tender due to its failure to meet requirements.

In this legal battle, it even received a loan of SVK600,000 (€20,000) from FNM under Pavlis’ tenure on the Supervisory Board so that it could pay the legal fees necessary to file an appeal with the Supreme Court in the wake of losing the case at the Bratislava Regional Court.

In 2008, the company lost the lawsuit against the state. However, after an appeal from General Prosecutor Dobroslav Trnka the senate entitled it to claims for lost profits worth €60 million and the case has now been returned to lower-level courts.

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party vice-chairman Ľubomír Galko told TASR that Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO), SaS, independent MPs, Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd MPs have subscribed to the initiative to oust Pavlis. The legislators are aiming to submit their bill to parliament’s office on February 13.

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