Bratislava, May 23 (TASR) – The Slovak Towns and Villages Association (ZMOS) will be headed for the next four years by Liptovsky Hradok (Zilina region) mayor Branislav Treger, TASR learnt on Thursday.
Treger was elected to the post by participants in a ZMOS congress that is taking place in the capital on May 22-23.
Branislav Treger was elected by a majority in the first round of a secret vote. Four people were vying for the post of ZMOS chairman. There were five of them originally, but current chairman of the association Michal Sykora in his speech on Wednesday (May 22) announced that he’d decided no to run for the post again, stating that this move is an effort to calm the situation and preserve the unity of ZMOS. Some mayors have been criticising the organisation for being passive and lacking readiness for action; for example, in terms of public administration reform as well as in defending the interests of towns and municipalities in connection with the introduction of social measures that place a burden on municipal budgets.
The new ZMOS head has been Liptovsky Hradok mayor since 2008 and a Zilina self-governing region councillor since 2009. He was also Zilina region vice-chair between 2015-17.