Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

MFA published documents on presidency events on its site

But a non-affiliated MP warns that none of them disprove accusations.

Slovakia's EU presidency logo(Source: Sme)

The Foreign Affairs Ministry published the copies of documents it provided to members of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee who carried out a deputy survey in early December 2016. It focused on the suspicions of an allegedly overpriced gala at which the EU Council presidency logo was introduced.

“Except for oral answers and explanations, the members of the committee received on December 15 also extensive, 200-page documents in which the Foreign Affairs Ministry answered all questions and provided additional documents and statements corresponding with the requests of deputies,” reads the website of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

Due to the interest of the public, the ministry decided to published the copies of all documents sent to the foreign affairs committee, as it informed on its website.

Read also: Read also:Foreign Ministry refuses to show presidency documents

Shortly after the deputy survey, member of the foreign affairs committee, non-affiliated MP Miroslav Beblavý, said that the ministry has not shown any crucial documents. He also claimed that the ministry had refused to reveal other companies that attended the competition to organise the gala except for Evka, which won it, or the details about the selection process.

“The ministry has not disproven any claims of Zuzana Hlávková,” Beblavý said back in December, as quoted by SITA, referring to the former Foreign Affairs Ministry’s employee who, together with ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovensko, pointed to the dubious practices concerning the cultural events linked to the EU presidency.

The available information proves that the gala introducing the logo was not transparent and was prepared wrongly, Beblavý added.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry rejects Hlávková’s accusations and has turned to the Public Procurement Office, the Supreme Audit Office and the Antimonopoly Office to check the case.

Topic: EU presidency


Top stories

Time and legislation play into the hands of prosecuted businessman

Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák is again facing suspicions that he has been helping prosecuted businessman Ladislav Bašternák.

A police car standing in front of the residential complex on Tupého Street.

Central bank: Economy to rise by 3.2 percent

The automotive industry should contribute to the economy’s growth.

Kia Motors Slovakia in Teplička nad Váhom.

State employees to be more corruption-resistant

Ethics watchdog Transparency International Slovensko wants to teach civil servants how to report corruption and improve the protection of whistleblowers.

Matovič is close to losing his mandate

The OĽaNO-NOVA chair has already received fines for not halting his business licence; now he may become the first MP to lose his parliamentary seat.

Igor Matovič