PM Waives Zilina’s EUR 17.5M Debt for Party
Prime Minister Robert Fico will be put under scrutiny by the Parliamentary Committee on incompatible offices next week after waiving the town of Zilina its debts while declaring it is beneficial that the town mayor is of the same party.
The motion is being forwarded by Ondrej Dostal, who wants the prime minister and his standalone government to be fined over violation of the constitutional law on conflicts of interest. The city of Zilina had its EUR 17.5 million debt towards the state cleared at the wave of a hand as PM Fico noted it was possible because the mayor Igor Choma was from the same political structure as he was, adding that such a decision would “otherwise be very difficult to take”.
The Committee will decide whether the law was breached by the apparent crony remarks of PM Fico, which by chance were made in perfect timing for the fast-approaching municipal elections. The prime minister’s support in the Committee, via Smer representatives, should hold strong, however.
Ondrej Dostal is claiming Fico put personal partisan interests before the public interest through the clear favouritism shown and expressed by the prime minister.