Ferry scandal figure leaves post

Ladislav Lazar is leaving his post at state-run company Water Management Construction

Ladislav LazarLadislav Lazar (Source: Sme)

Ladislav Lazar is leaving his post as director of state-run company Water Management Construction (VV) following a discussion with new Environment Minister László Solymos of Most-Híd.

“The minister views this company as strategic for both the ministry and the state,” Juraj Rybanský, from the ministry’s press department told the TASR newswire on April 7.

Until a new director is selected VV will be headed by Andrej Kasana, who served as dam security department chief until his nomination to this temporary role.

Read also:Denník N: Third most profitable firm is a shell company Read more 

A few months ago, Lazar was linked by the then opposition to a controversial contract for ferry transport between Danube River ports at Vojka nad Dunajom and Kyselica in Trnava region. The contract was signed by VV and private Bratislava-based company Ponton City in June 2015 for a term of 15 years.

The cost over 15 years will reach €51.38 million including VAT, which is over the limit set for public procurements - €25 million excluding VAT. This is due to the ferry’s schedule. The contract for the ferry service states a frequency of 19 journeys a day. However from July 1, 2015 the ferry began to operate according to a different schedule with a frequency of 35 journeys a day, which increased costs, according to the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) leader Igor Matovič.

Read also:Police investigate ferry tender scandal Read more 

Matovič argued that building a bridge would have been more cost effective.

Former environment minister Peter Žiga of Smer who had to face a no-confidence motion in parliament over the case, claimed that the state did not lose even a single euro over the ferry contract.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Sulík presents his pandemic plan, but PM Matovič remains critical

Rules for entering Spain change. Former police chief Gašpar remains in custody. State auctions the 5G network frequencies.

Richard Sulík presented his pandemic plan on November 23.

Which are the largest law firms in Slovakia?

For the first time, the ranking also provides an overview in partial categories of law.

Government has learned little, hesitates to open school gates

Education is a question of rights. So is protesting against the government, but at what costs? Slovakia welcomes hefty investment that comes with a warning sign.

Special regional restrictions and better tracing. SaS has introduced its plan to fight the pandemic

The document is based on eight chapters, which should contribute to economic recovery.

Richard Sulík introduces his plan.