Government still hung over heads of security and data offices

The four party coalition met yesterday to discuss various issues, including who should occupy the key posts as heads of the National Security Office (NBU) and the Office for Personal Data Protection.

Coalition meeting (c) The Daily

No consensus was reached at the meeting, however, because new nominees were proposed by the Christian democrats of KDH and the liberal SaS party, with the candidates unknown to the rest of the coalition till then. The government parties will now take a week review the nominees, the names of which nobody from the coalition would disclose.

The post of head of the NBU has to be filled after current head Frantisek Blanarik resigned last month under pressure that he used to be a collaborator with the communist secret service (StB), as it is not possible for someone with such a past to hold this highly sensitive post.

The post falls to the jurisdiction of the SaS party, but the KDH party has put forward its own candidate anyway, with party head Jan Figel saying prior to the meeting that they also had a serious and appropriate candidate for the post.

According to coalition agreement, the post of head of the Office for Personal Data Protection should be filled by the KDH party, but opposition party SNS (nationalist party) is trying to push to fill the post with its own nominee. The post was held till now by Gyula Veszelei, but he came under fire from the SaS party for a recent draft bill on the office, while party head Richard Sulik even criticised how someone like Veszelei could hold the post at all.

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