Labour Ministry says EUR 636,000 was squandered

Today, state secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, Lucia Nicholsonova, announced yet another case of what the ministry feels is squandered public money under the former government.

At the briefing she presented journalists with a 330-page analysis on the quality of services at job centres, which cost taxpayers some EUR 636,000 (20 million Slovak koruna at the time). She then proceeded to criticise the document as useless and of elementary school standard.

Nicholsonova informed also that a new analysis would have to be prepared, and so the ministry would be demanding some kind of refund from the company that provided the expensive analysis, i.e. Developium. TASR newswire reports that the analysis was compiled based on the results of 48 mystery shoppers who would visit labour offices throughout the country and assess the quality of services. She agreed that the idea was a good one, but the inferior standard of the analysis made it completely unusable.

The Ministry’s lawyers are now on the case to see if they can get back as much money as possible from the contract, which was executed back in 2009.

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