Agriculture minister has refused to appoint a developer to lead state forestry company

Businessman Rastislav Hutta will not be in charge of TANAP forests.

Agriculture Minister Gabriela MatečnáAgriculture Minister Gabriela Matečná (Source: SITA)

Agriculture Minister Gabriela Matečná has refused to appoint developer Rastislav Hutta as the head of state-run forestry company operating in the Tatra National Park (TANAP), Štátne Lesy TANAPu.

Hutta, who has worked on several projects in the Tatra Mountains, was the only candidate to attend the interview during the selection process.

"I do not agree with the decision of the selection committee and I will not appoint him as the head of the state-run company," Matečná said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

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The Slovak National Party (SNS), which nominated Matečná to the post, has also supported her decision.

The agriculture minister did not comment on the technicalities of the selection process, but hopes that the new selection will have a better result.

"To me, it was indeed incomprehensible that only two candidates had applied for this position and only one was actually present," Matečná explained, as quoted by TASR.

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