Fico Deprives Opposition of Control Over Public Procurement
Relations with the opposition will not be so rosy for Robert Fico and his new government after he announced plans not to grant the opposition control over the public procurement authority UVO, designating it instead to an “expert” who will be nominated by a professional organisation.
The latest plan, announced at a press conference yesterday and just days after Fico confirmed that the post belonged to the opposition, has naturally met with anger and frustration from the five opposition parties, which claim he has broken his promise. Fico says the move is to ensure greater quality in public procurement, but the opposition is more inclined to thinking he wants to prevent them from having a controlling hand over this key institution.
Fico has always insisted that the public procurement authority belongs to the opposition in principle, and after the government of Iveta Radicova got into power in 2010, he even lashed out at the Prime Minister calling her a liar after she blocked one of his candidates, even though not depriving him of his right to fill the post. Fico accused the government of trying to gain control over the procurement authority by appointing its own person to this strategic, some would say ‘lucrative’, post. He then denounced the PM for consistently lying to everyone.