Government not obliged to report on EU-funds and investigations

Slovak government will not be obliged to submit progress reports involving investigations into cases as well as the drawing of EU funds.

Daniel Lipšic in parliamentDaniel Lipšic in parliament (Source: SITA)

The ruling coalition has turned down proposals from the opposition MPs demanding their submission.     

Ordinary People and Independent Personalities(OĽaNO)-NOVA MP Daniel Lipšic asked on April 27 for a report on the progress in the investigation of “tax frauds in the matter of (Milan) Chovanec and co. and the (Ladislav) Bašternák” case. 

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“The ruling coalition has adopted an attitude that old affairs should be forgotten and the new – being still alive – cannot be resolved,” Lipšic said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “The coalition MPs are therefore halting the debates of the committees. I think this matter should be decided upon in the parliamentary plenum.

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Independent MP Zsolt Simon asked the government to submit a report on the evaluation of the drawing of European-Union funds for 2007-2013, according to individual operational programmes – including corrections. “The Slovak Republic didn’t draw more than €1 billion and had to return as much as €100 million from the state budget for mistakes in the drawing of EU funds. It’d be useful if we obtained such an evaluation,” he said. 

In an unrelated matter, Ondrej Dostál (Freedon and Solidarity, SaS) requested that the proposal for a fast-tracked legislative proceeding on the Competency Act boosting the powers of Deputy Prime Minister for Investments Peter Pellegrini (Smer) be dropped. “This proposal doesn’t meet the criteria for fast-tracked legislative proceedings,” Dostál argued.

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