Investigation finds corruption allegations at Foreign Ministry untrue


Investigation finds corruption allegations at Foreign Ministry untrue

14. 07. 2017 12:57

The Public Procurement Office carried out as many as three separate inspections concerning an alleged scandal surrounding Slovakia's recent role as presiding country of EU Council. The results demonstrate that allegations of corrupt dealings were unfounded, and that Minister of Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák can breathe easy.

According to inspectors, the ministry did not violate the procurement act even in case of procuring the company Viva Musica! or selecting the Evka agency for contractual work. The same conclusion also results from an inspection examining the procedures of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when signing the contract with LOCO AGENCY and Peter Nunez for the production of audio commercial spots.

"The office has not detected any violation of the Public Procurement Act, which had or could have affected the outcome of the public procurement," reads the ruling. Miroslav Lajčák gladly accepts this decision and perceives it as confirmation of what he has been claiming since the beginning.

Gavin Shoebridge, Photo: SITA/Marko Erd

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