Loyalty Knows No Bounds for Crony Experts
Daily Hospodarske Noviny recently drew attention to the illustrious career of Mrs. Ruzena Lovasova, who previously held the post as economic director at state-owned heating company Bratislavska teplarenska (BT).
Lovasova worked at BT before leaving under media pressure at how she had allowed a payment of around EUR 3,300 from the company accounts to a plastic surgeon in the Czech Republic, although she claimed that she had never undergone any surgery, something only her lack of wrinkles could contest.
Lovasova was also at the centre of a EUR 33 million payment made from BT to financial giant J&T, although the money was intended to go to the Treasury. Upon leaving BT in 2010, she was duly awarded a handsome severance payment of EUR 98,000.
Despite her questionable past, Lovasova then managed to hook the job of vice-chair of the Supervisory Committee with the highly lucrative gas transmission system operator Eustream in March. Her appointment to the post is defended by the Ministry of Economy, with spokesman Stanislav Jurikovic noting how her “expert traits are beyond question”. What is meant by that exactly is not clear.