The appointment of two sponsors of the ruling SaS party to top posts in electricity grid operator SEPS and to Bratislava Airport has got Robert Fico from opposition party Smer-SD up in arms.
Fico is demanding that Prime Minister Iveta Radicova recall Lubor Benkovic from his post as head of the Supervisory Board of SEPS and Jozef Boskovic from his position as member of the Supervisory Board of Bratislava Airport.
Fico claims that both the men received their posts as a kind of reward for giving the SaS party large financial donations before the elections, with Benkovic surrendering EUR 80,000 and Boskovic EUR 40,000.
This is a clear case of party cronyism, says Fico, adding that if the PM does not recall the two men it will be another example of how the PM is full of hot air. Fico is angered that the men hold exceptionally important and strategic posts and that his party doubts that they will behave impartially in their posts.
The SaS party sees nothing wrong with its nomination, stating that both the men have the party’s full confidence and that their job is to oversee what is happening in the companies. It does not intend to change its nominations.