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No quorum reached, VAT scandal not discussed

THE PARLIAMENTARY Defence and Security Committee should have dealt with the police investigation of a publicised case of VAT fraud. However, only five committee members (four opposition, and the chairman from the ruling Smer party) appeared on February 25.

Baška heading the parliamentary committee. (Source: Sme)

Attendance of at least seven members is necessary for the committee to debate the case and have a quorum for the final vote.

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák also failed to show.

“Chairman of the committee Jaroslav Baška summoned it for the date when the interior minister is away in Brussels, and so they agreed he does not have to come,” MP Daniel Lipšic (OĽaNO-NOVA) told the TASR newswire after the end of the session. “The interior minister is one of the suspects in this case. And [Baška] summoned it so that also all other Smer MPs would not come.”

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Baška called it politicking and staging a drama, adding that when Lipšic was interior minister for two years [in the rightist government of Iveta Radičová 2010-2012], he should have solved the case then, as it is not a new one and the information dates back to 2009.

Minister Kaliňák sent a message that he has much more substantial duties for Slovakia to fulfil – at the Interior and Justice Minister’s Council in Brussels, focused on measures to stop the wave of migration.

Two opposition MPs were missing, too. Thus, the committee will have to be summoned again. 

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Topic: Corruption & scandals


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