TechMatch cost SBA chief his place

Branislav Šafárik resigned from his post as the Slovak Business Agency’s head.

Branislav ŠafárikBranislav Šafárik(Source: TASR)

After more than a month since the TechMatch Slovakia 2015 conference, which made headlines due to alleged inflated costs, Branislav Šafárik resigned from his post as the general director of the Slovak Business Agency (SBA). The administration board of the semi-state organisation that organised the conference, acknowledged the resignation of Šafárik on November 24. He will be replaced by Martin Holák as of November 25, the TASR newswire reported.

“By resignation from the post I want to prevent further defamation of the name of SBA as well as my name,” said Šafárik, as cited by TASR. “By the resignation from the position as the SBA general director I simultaneously take over the managerial responsibility for realisation of TechMatch Slovakia 2015, for whose realisation I firmly stay.”

Šafárik hopes that after his resignation SBA will be able to continue in fulfilling its tasks without media pressure relating to the criticised conference.

Read also:Startup conference is over, consequences expected

“Economy Minister Vazil Hudák perceives the decision of the SBA general director as an expression of managerial responsibility,” Miriam Žiaková, minister’s spokesperson wrotre in response to Šafárik’s resignation.

The five-day TechMach Slovakia 2015 conference held between October 12 and 19, whose main aim was to help startups, faces criticism by the public, media as well as opposition parties for very high costs. SBA, as the organiser of the conference, claims that it has not violated any rules.

Read also:ÚVO launches inspection of SBA over TechMatch 2015

The Public Procurement Office will scrutinise the tender related to organising the TechMatch 2015 conference. The Economy Ministry is also making an audit of SBA. 

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: IT


Top stories

Opposition fails to recall Education Minister Lubyová

The reason was the dubious distribution of the state's stimuli for science and research.

Education Minister Martina Lubyová (SNS nominee)

Foreigners in Slovakia promote the ice hockey world championship

In videos, they tell fans from abroad that Slovakia has much to offer.

Mascot of 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia, bear Macejko.

Caregiver Dušan, a breadwinning father working in Austria, will earn €6,000 less this year

The Austrian government has cut down child benefits for Slovak parents working in Austria if their children live in Slovakia. The European Commission regards the measure to be discriminatory.

The Valach family

Nine judges left the Constitutional Court. How will it work?

The court now has only four active judges and has published new work schedule.

Constitutional Court in Košice