Economy minister Juraj Miskov is still hoping to go ahead with the privatisation of the large state-owned heating companies, but President Ivan Gasparovic has other ideas.
Miskov wants to continue with the planned privatisation of six key regional heating companies in order to help plug the hole in public finances with proceeds of around EUR 200 million. His hopes could be dashed, though, as acting PM Iveta Radicova agreed with the National Property Fund (FNM) to halt the privatisation.
No matter what happens, it is President Gasparovic who will have the last word, as he has power over the temporarily cabinet that he appointed for the interim period until the Match 2012 elections.
Miskov has requested an official audience with the President in an attempt to persuade him of the benefits of the move for the Slovak economy. However, the President has always taken an anti-privatisation stance when it comes to selling off utilities, and has said that it would be “highly unlikely” that he would change his stance.