After media pressure spurred on last week by daily Hospodarske Noviny, the contract for PR services worth a mere EUR 130 million that was recently awarded by the Ministry of Interior to the company Regionálna Obstarávacia Agentúra (ROA) will be cancelled, interior minister Robert Kalinak has announced.
The company, based in the tiny village of Horne Plachtince, won the contract to provide PR and consulting services to the ministry and its subordinate organisations. It would seem that the company was set up strategically, as the village has a small share in it, meaning it can officially deal with bigger tenders because it is at least part-owned by a public authority.
Now minister Kalinak says they would be cancelling the contract as there was a chance that the tender “was not real”. As always, cries of foul play could be heard from the opposition bench, with the Christian democrats KDH weighing in heaviest by planning an official investigation into the apparent crony ties between people at the ministry and the partners in the company. Not such good PR after all.