Transparency International Unhappy with Political Nominees
Transparency International Slovensko (TIS) is not happy about how the government is appointing its own people as heads of key supervisory authorities the Supreme Audit Office (NKU) and the Public Procurement Office (UVO), and is demanding that the posts be filled by selection proceedings instead.
The political watchdog TIS issued a statement yesterday, which reads “Unlike Prime Minister Robert Fico, we are convinced that top officials like the heads of the Supreme Audit Office and the Public Procurement Office should be appointed via public selection procedures”, while criticising that at present it is done by backstage agreements between parties.
It has been common practice to date for the NKU and UVO to be run by the opposition, but this time PM Robert Fico did a U-turn and said the posts could be filled by independent experts, going back on his original promise to the opposition. The opposition parties can contest, TIS can make its demands, but the majority government can make its own decisions in the end.