Fico: Posts of URSO and Regulatory Council Chairs to Be Separated

Prime Minister Robert Fico, appearing at a press conference along with Andrej Danko and Bela Bugar. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, February 21 (TASR) – The posts of chairs of the Office for the Regulation of Network Industries (URSO) and URSO’s Regulatory Council will be disassociated from each other in order to prevent one person from holding both posts at the same time, Prime Minister Robert Fico announced after a Coalition Council meeting on Tuesday.

The relevant legislation should be presented to Parliament as early as at the March session.

Meanwhile, the chairmen of the three governing coalition parties – Robert Fico (Smer-SD), Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) and Bela Bugar (Most-Hid) – agreed on further measures concerning energy, including boosting the state’s position in strategic energy companies and creating a state energy holding.

“The energy holding should make it possible for us to centralise companies and create scope for better supervision and strengthening the state’s position,” said Danko, welcoming “complete agreement” between the coalition parties on systemic changes in energy.

According to Danko, private investors in the energy sector have already seen their investments returned, and now they’re “hungrily taking” money from people’s wallets in order to post the profits they desire. So, SNS appreciates the fact that its coalition partners have comprehended the urgent need to deal with this problem, he added.