President refuses to appoint SNS nominee for the NBS post

The candidate failed to meet several requirements, said President Zuzana Čaputová.

Jozef HudákJozef Hudák (Source: TASR)

tJozef Hudák will not become new vice-governor of the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS), the country’s central bank.

President Zuzana Čaputová has refused to appoint him to the post, claiming that he does not meet several conditions for the post. She has already informed Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko, PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer), and members of the parliamentary finance committee about her decision via a letter, the TASR newswire reported.

Hudák was nominated for the second-highest NBS post by Danko’s Slovak National Party (SNS), and was approved by the parliament last December.

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“The nominated candidate doesn’t meet already the first qualification condition, which is completed university education in the monetary or financial field,” Čaputová explained, as quoted by TASR.

Moreover, there are other reasons that cast doubt on his appointment, and the ability to perform in this post properly, without diminishing the seriousness of the function and NBS as a whole, she added.

The president also said that ex-NBS governor Jozef Makúch had some serious doubts about Hudák’s nomination as well.

At the same time, he was disqualified by his statements, that the very first steps in the post will include the establishment of the new health insurer supervised by NBS, which would offer insurance for above-standard health treatment.

“Such public statement proves the lack of knowledge about the purposes and tasks of the central bank,” Čaputová said, as quoted by TASR.

Hudák served in the leading post more than 10 years ago, and was active mostly in public health sector, nothing to do with the competences of NBS, she added.

Another disqualifying factor was his involvement in the Poisťovňa Tatra company, which was linked to the unlicensed non-banking company Horizont, and later to CI Holding, TASR reported.

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