11. 01. 2019 13:00
The Let's Stop Corruption foundation has filed a motion with Bratislava District Office, asking it to look into suspicions that offences have been committed in connection with contracts for the state incentive for science and research, TASR learnt from foundation head Zuzana Petkova on Thursday. She added that money from the state budget was partly allocated to companies that were not listed on the so-called register of public sector partners (RPVS) at the time when the contracts were signed. Inclusion in the register is a necessary condition for receiving the subsidies. The Education, Science, Research and Sport Ministry in mid-December inked contracts with 30 companies and earmarked more than €33.4 million for them for research and development projects. According to the foundation, the 30 companies included seven - which received €7.6 million in total - that were not listed on the RVPS register at the time. The register in question reveals who is the real owner of the company. Under the RPVS Act, "an offence is committed by a person who signs a contract with a public sector partner and this isn't listed on the register on the day on which the contract is signed". The fine for this offence amounts to between €1,000 and €100,000. The Education Ministry headed by Martina Lubyova (an SNS nominee) resolutely denies any shortcomings in this regard. Lubyova said on Wednesday (January 9) that the ministry had asked the companies in question to sign up to the register and that they had done so.