Minister Pavlis tied to firm with millions in city contracts

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Pavlis was allegedly involved in a cleaning company called Inexsys which was cleaning the Staré mesto Bratislava district for around €8.3 million, the Sme daily reported on March 3.

Economy Minister Pavol PavlisEconomy Minister Pavol Pavlis (Source: TASR)

Back in 2008, Pavlis, then serving as a Smer MP, was reported to be an associate of the Inexsys cleaning company which won a tender worth 250 million Slovak crowns (approximately €8.3 million) for cleaning buildings in Bratislava's Old Town borough. The contract was valid for five years. The borough was then overseen by Andrej Petrek of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

A subsequent inspection carried in 2012 revealed that the contract signed to this effect was at odds with the law. All shortcomings were corrected via several addenda, which allowed the firm to continue to provide its services to the local authority.

Pavlis denies any connections with the tender. He was representative of the firm until June 2006 but remained as its associate until 2009.

"He was not representative of the company therefore he couldn't take part in this process including selection procedure in any way," Economy Ministry spokeswoman Miriam Žiaková told Sme.

Pavlis just recently survived no-confidence vote in parliament initiated by the opposition on February 18. Only 50 of 128 MPs present voted for his dismissal over another alleged conflict of interest. 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 chair the board of directors, 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.

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