KDH Nominees Return Golden Handshakes
Following an extraordinary party session, the Christian democrats of KDH have decided that its nominees to railway company ZSSK Pavel Kravec and Pavol Tarcala, who previously held key posts in state companies and received huge golden handshakes, will have to return the money and will also leave the party.
KDH party head Jan Figel announced the departure of the two men from the party, saying that way they could no longer damage the party’s reputation. The party came under fire recently after it was discovered that various KDH nominees had received large severance payments of up to EUR 178,000. “This is an unprecedented gesture” Figel said about the sacrificial lambs, adding that others should take an example from it. He then called on others that had received excessive severance payments to return them.
In response to initial allegations, earlier Figel explained that its nominees had received the large golden handshakes because of the system put in place by the former government led by Robert Fico (2006-2010). Kavec received around EUR 169,000 and Tarcala EUR 107,000, while Marcela Hrda topped the list with EUR 178,000 after being recalled as head of Slovenska Posta (Slovak Post).
The issue has got all parliamentary parties up on their moral high horses, calling for caps to be introduced, and for respective laws to be changed and the bonuses to be published, with Figel proposing to PM Robert Fico for data to extend back ten years.
Ironically, the former head of national electricity grid operator SEPS, Miroslav Rapsik, looks like he is set to reoccupy his former post just two years after he was given a handshake of around EUR 100,000 with the change of power in June 2010. Rapsik won the public selection proceedings that the government announced on the internet, beating 43 others who were bidding for the post, reports SME daily.
So the big bonuses of politically nominated managers could come under greater scrutiny from now on, but as the old saying goes “there is more than one way to skin a cat”.