Gov’t: Top Constitutional Officials to Be Provided with Apartments from State

apartments for top constitutional officials (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, June 20 (TASR) – The Foreign and European Affairs Ministry will provide adequately equipped apartments and premises for state representation to the top three constitutional officials as of the next electoral term, according to the ministry’s proposal okayed by the Cabinet at its regular session on Wednesday.

The Cabinet views the provision of premises for the president, parliamentary chairman and prime minister as important and needed.

The top three Slovak constitutional officials will have the right to freely use these apartments and premises during their term in office, with their extent being governed by special contracts.

The provision of apartments for top constitutional officials has been an issue in Slovakia for a long time. Last October, then prime minister Robert Fico (Smer-SD) said that three state-owned residences might be secured in the future in order to allow the president, prime minister and parliamentary chairman to perform their representative duties.

“I think it’s time to address these issues in a systematic manner. Once the top constitutional officials assume their posts, apartments will automatically be made available to them,” said Fico, adding that this would not be about renting an apartment in a block of flats or somewhere else, but about three state-owned real estate properties that would be explicitly meant for meeting the representative needs of the top three constitutional officials.