Parliamentary committee will not scrutinise Forai, NKÚ to look into his case

THE PARLIAMENTARY Committee on the Incompatibility of Functions will not deal any further with the conflict of interests of the former head of the VšZP state-owned health insurer, Marcel Forai. Members of the committee decided so, the TASR newswire wrote on October 7.

Marcel ForaiMarcel Forai (Source: Sme)

Forai resigned from his position – as the head and the chairman of the VšZP board – and is therefore no longer a public official, they argued. However, the committee chairman Alojz Přidal (Christian-Democratic Movement, KDH) opines that despite this fact, the committee should have continued the scrutiny and asked Forai for an explanation, as he had not announced his resignation in a written form, as required by law, but only by announcing it personally.

The move against Forai came from the independent opposition MP Miroslav Beblavý, the SITA newswire wrote. The VšZP under Forai signed 69 contracts worth €14 million with Forai's aunt Anna Sučková, aged 77.  Sučková is either an associate or a legal representative in these companies – or both. Beblavý claimed she is a mere dummy, and thus abuse of the position of public official was committed, and the constitutional law on protection of public interest was violated.

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On the same day, the head of the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) Karol Mitrík announced that his office would audit the contracts signed between the VšZP and Sučková, the Sme daily wrote. However, according to an NKÚ report from May 2014. Mitrík’s predecessor in the position, Ján Jasovský (nominated by the now defunct former ally of the ruling Smer party, the Movement for Independent Slovakia, HZDS), scrutinised eight medical facilities, five state-owned ones and three operated by regional administrations, and found no flaws, according to Sme. 

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