Kalinak Sends Documents on Relationship with B.A. Haus to Committee

Interiort Minister Robert Kalinak (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, November 20 (TASR) – Interior Minister Robert Kalinak (Smer-SD) has sent materials regarding his ownership relationship with a company called B.A. Haus to the parliamentary committee for incompatibility of posts, TASR learnt on Sunday.

Despite missing documentation, the material might help the committee to make headway in its decision-making, said committee chairman Martin Poliacik (Freedom and Solidarity/SaS). The committee is set to deal with the issue at its session next week.

Originally, the committee requested the documents from B.A. Haus, but the firm told the committee to approach the National Crime Agency (NAKA). The committee failed to obtain documents from NAKA that referred to the ongoing investigation and complained about interference in the case. Subsequently, Kalinak in a phone call promised to hand the documents over to Poliacik.

The committee chief wanted to know from Kalinak the nominal value of shares that he’s bought and a separate sum concerning proprietary rights, i.e. liability that has been transferred to Kalinak. “We need to learn the company’s liability vis-a-vis shareholder Robert Kalinak based on its financial records. This is the only document that would help us to separate the value of shares that have been bought by Mr. Kalinak from the liability that he has taken over in this way. We must separate these two things in order to be able to judge the sum of proprietary rights that should have been stated in his property declaration,” said Poliacik.

Kalinak in October promised to supply these data soon in a letter. MPs praised the minister’s efforts to cooperate with the committee at that time. “The minister is active and interested in communicating. I believe that we’ll come to a conclusion following further explanation,” said committee vice-chair Juraj Blanar (Smer-SD) in October.

The committee has been dealing with the issue based on a motion filed against Kalinak by Veronika Remisova (OLaNO-NOVA) and Lubomir Galko (SaS) that was aimed at looking into suspicions that Kalinak failed to file complete property declarations for 2013, 2014 and 2015 as required by the law from the holder of his post.