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ÚPN chair feels pressure in office

He asserts that the allegations are false and refuses to leave voluntarily.

Ondrej Krajňák of ÚPN(Source: TASR)

Chair of the Nation’s Memory Institute (ÚPN) board of directors Ondrej Krajňák does not intend to give up his post even though he feels that certain ÚPN board members have been trying to get rid of him for a long time.

Some colleagues are trying to use ‘suspicions of an economic nature’ in order to strip him of the post, he has told a journalist.

“I won’t leave on my own, it’ll only be possible by an amendment to the law,” Krajňák said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

He thinks that the ÚPN has been active under his leadership. Moreover, he claims that he’s started several revitalisation measures that don’t suit everyone in the organization.

Regarding complaints concerning his management of ÚPN, Krajňák sees them as vague and far-fetched.

“I can prove everything using arguments stemming from the law,” he said, as quoted by TASR.

Most ÚPN board of directors members identified themselves on November 7 with the statement of the supervisory board, its supreme controlling body, in which it criticised Krajňák for several things.

For example, it reprimands the ÚPN chairman for issuing code of ethics and internal regulations that would interfere with private life and personal integrity without the consent of the board. Concerning this issue, the supervisory board has already submitted its stance to the parliamentary human rights committee.

Krajňák is also criticised for handling the institute’s financial resources, shady public procurement processes, illegal hiring of employees, expressing support for a political party before the 2016 general election as well as for his tense relations with certain employees.

“I explained everything to them at today’s board session,” Krajňák said, as quoted by TASR. “I gave them rational arguments stemming from the law, but they didn’t even listen to me properly.”

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The ÚPN chairman insists that his institute has been carrying out public procurement processes in line with valid regulations.

Regarding the accusation concerning his alleged financial mismanagement, Krajňák said that these allegations might have emerged following his hiring of a new law firm.

“Its selection was carried out via market research and in accordance with the law,” he explained.

The ÚPN needs two or three lawyers for the number of cases that the institution deals with, however, it does not have any, Krajňák said.

“The average monthly bonuses for the newly hired law firm is €3,240 for the entire period,” he went on, as quoted by TASR. “Before, these services were carried out by a lawyer that was around €1,000 cheaper (than the current law firm), but ÚPN lost at least 16 cases in a row in the court.”

He considers the accusations irrelevant.

The ÚPN’s board of directors session on November 7 took place behind closed doors, as agreed by the majority. Krajňák wanted a public session, TASR wrote.

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