LSNS Won’t Head Any Committee, But Will Have More Vice-chairs

Marian Kotleba, leader of the far-right Kotleba-People's Party Our Slovakia (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, March 21 (TASR) – The far-right Kotleba-People’s Party Our Slovakia (LSNS) is the only party that didn’t receive a leadership post in any parliamentary committee, said Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) chairman Richard Sulik after a meeting in the parliamentary building on Monday.

The rest of the opposition – SaS, Ordinary People-NOVA and We Are Family-Boris Kollar – will occupy eight committee chair posts. SaS and OLaNO-NOVA received three each, while We Are Family got two. LSNS’s only priority was the foreign affairs committee, and it received the post of a vice-chair there, along with an increased number of other vice-chair posts. LSNS leader Marian Kotleba expressed satisfaction at this.

Sulik, OLaNO-NOVA leader Igor Matovic and We Are Family chair Boris Kollar haven’t specified the posts and the names of the holders. They’ll announce this on Tuesday. Kollar revealed that he himself will occupy one of the posts, however.

Sulik said that the negotiations with Kotleba were very smooth. “He’s fully aware that he’s the new one in parliament,” he stated.

The names of all the chairs will be announced at the inaugural session of parliament on Wednesday.

The committees to be headed by the Opposition are: the special committee for supervising the activities of the National Security Bureau (NBU); the special committee for supervising the activities of the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS); the special committee for supervising the activities of Military Intelligence (VS); the committee for reviewing the decisions of NBU; the economy committee; the human rights and minorities committee; the public administration and regional development committee; and the committee concerning conflicts of interest in posts. Opposition nominees will also preside over an eight-member commission reviewing the use of information technologies.

The rest of the committees will be headed by one of the members of the coalition of Smer-SD, Siet, Most-Hid and the Slovak National Party (SNS). The committees in question are those dealing with foreign affairs; mandates and immunity; European affairs; the Constitution; finance and the budget; agriculture and the environment; social affairs, health care; defence and security; culture and the media; and education, youth, science and sport.