The four coalition parties – Smer, the Slovak National Party (SNS), Most-Híd and Sieť – have nearly completed the list of new state secretaries. The only department where one post is empty is the Health Ministry, the Sme daily reported.
Though state secretary posts are usually used to cross-check the ministries, the biggest coalition party Smer has nominated 15 people who will work at 13 departments. Moreover, the Economy Ministry will be fully under its control as the party nominated the minister as well as state secretaries.
The coalition parties Most-Híd and Sieť even cannot control the work of the Ministries of Interior, Finance and Foreign Affairs as they will not have their nominees there, Sme wrote.
One of the biggest surprises was the nomination of Lukáš Parízek, whom SNS proposes for the post of state secretary at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. The only thing known to the media is that he graduated from a school in Moscow four years ago.
Moreover, Smer nominated former spokesperson of PM Robert Fico, Erik Tomáš, to serve as state secretary at the Education Ministry, though the coalition agreements stipulate that the post should be filled by an SNS candidate, Sme reported.
The list of nominees at ministries
Minister: Robert Kaliňák (Smer)
State secretaries: Denisa Saková (Smer), Rudolf Urbanovič (SNS)
Minister: Peter Kažimír (Smer)
State secretaries: Radko Kuruc (Smer), Ivan Lesay (Smer), Dana Meager (SNS)
Foreign Affairs Ministry
Minister: Miroslav Lajčák (Smer nominee)
State secretaries: Ivan Korčok (Smer), Lukáš Parízek (SNS)
Minister: Ján Richter (Smer)
State secretaries: Branislav Ondruš (Smer), Ivan Švejna (Most-Híd)
Minister: Tomáš Drucker (Smer nominee)
State secretaries: Mário Mikloši (Smer), an SNS nominee
Minister: Marek Maďarič (Smer)
State secretaries: Ivan Sečík (Smer), Igor Adamec (Sieť)
Minister: Peter Žiga (Smer)
State secretaries: Vojtech Ferencz (Smer), Rastislav Chovanec (Smer)
Minister: Peter Plavčan (SNS nominee)
State secretaries: Erik Tomáš (Smer), Peter Krajňák (Most-Híd)
Minister: Gabriela Matečná (SNS nominee)
State secretaries: Anton Stredák (Smer), Jozef Kamenický (Sieť)
Minister: Peter Gajdoš (SNS nominee)
State secretaries: Marián Salon (Smer), Ivan Máčovský (Sieť)
Minister: Lucia Žitňanská (Most-Híd)
State secretaries: Monika Jankovská (Smer), Mária Kolíková (Most-Híd)
Minister: László Solymos (Most-Híd)
State secretaries: Boris Susko (Smer), Norbert Kurilla (Most-Híd)
Minister: Roman Brecely (Sieť)
State secretaries: Viktor Stromček (Smer), Árpád Érsek (Most-Híd)
5. Apr 2016 at 13:04 | Compiled by Spectator staff