Non-existent firm close to Smer got licence

EXPERT organization Lege Artis co-owned by the spouse of ex-parliament speaker Pavol Paška, Jana Pašková, got a license in 2012, a month before it was established and enrolled in the Commercial Register.

The CT scanner scandal cost Pavol Paška his post as speaker of parliament.The CT scanner scandal cost Pavol Paška his post as speaker of parliament. (Source: Sme)

Paška resigned in late 2014 after the scandal involving the planned purchase of a computer tomography (CT) device by Piešťany hospital. The hospital wanted to buy it for nearly €1.6 million from the Medical Group company, connected to Paška.

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His wife, meanwhile, controls one-fifth of the Lege Artis company which provides expert opinions on health-care issues with a dubious license, Sme daily reported on February 18.

“The application of the firm [for licence] should have been dismissed due to the failure to meet legal conditions,” lawyer and associate professor of penal law at Trnava University Tomáš Strémy told Sme, adding that such a legal person could not attach to the application an abstract from the Commercial Register.

The Justice Ministry which put Lege Artis on the list of experts stated that it is a similar situation as when an established company that is not yet enrolled in the Commercial Register applies for a trade license, according to its spokeswoman Alexandra Donevová.

A trade company really can exist before it is enrolled in the Commercial Register, but it can only execute activities geared towards the enrollment and start of the business, Sme wrote.  

The firm has issued dozens of expert opinions, while three were ordered by police in 2014, according to its economic results.

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