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Date for recalling Economy Minister Pavlis set

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis will face a no-confidence vote initiated by the opposition on February 18 at noon. 

(Source: SME)

The date was set by Speaker of Parliament Peter Pellegrini, the TASR newswire wrote.

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 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 a 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, TASR wrote.

In 2008, the company lost the lawsuit against the state. However, after an appeal from then 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.

Pavlis calls the whole case fabricated and refuses any connection with the company since 2006. Prime Minister Robert Fico has recently said he sees no reason for dismissing Pavlis from his post, TASR reported.

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