Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

ÚVO launches inspection of SBA over TechMatch 2015

THE PUBLIC Procurement Office will scrutinise the competition over the TechMatch 2015 international conference on startups, organised by a state agency, the Slovak Business Agency (SBA).

Branislav Šafárik defends the costs and structure of the TechMatch Slovakia 2015 conference(Source: TASR)

The motion was submitted by the Fair-Play Alliance ethics watchdog and also by the SBA itself. The agency says it has not violated any rules and would like this fact to be proven, the Sme daily wrote on October 31. Also the non-parliamentary SKOK party filed a motion with the ÚVO, its chairman Juraj Miškov informed the TASR newswire

Meanwhile, the audit of activities is being carried out in the SBA and Economy Minister Vazil Hudák will draw consequences, based on its outcome. SBA general director Branislav Šafárik has seen his powers suspended by the minister for the time being.

TechMatch Slovakia 2015, held on October 12-16, has taken potshots from the public, the media and a number of opposition political parties for its exorbitant costs and dubious tender practices, with several IT professionals opting to boycott the event, the TASR newswire wrote.

The conference cost €1.4 million, with the core of the cost going for royalties and travel costs of guests and foreign startup companies, Sme cited, adding that the entire allocation of state support for Slovak startups was €1.5 million for 2015. 

Topic: Corruption & scandals


Top stories

Man who abducted the president’s son speaks out

The testimony of the former secret service agent could be of importance in a court process against the ex-spy boss.

Former SIS director Ivan Lexa

Press freedom is bleeding across our borders

Critical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký