Solymos to Review Questionable Contracts as Environment Minister

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Environment Minister Laszlo Solymos (left) and Prime Minister Robert Fico (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, March 30 (TASR) – Some questionable agreements concluded by former environment minister Peter Ziga need to be reviewed, said new Environment Minister Laszlo Solymos (Most-Hid), who was sworn into office by Prime Minister Robert Fico on Wednesday.

Among the department’s priorities are tasks stemming from the upcoming Slovak presidency of the EU, said Solymos. “The ministry is preparing responsibly for this task, as it features many EU agenda items. Continuity and expertise in this area is of the utmost importance and that’s why Norbert Kurilla has become ministry’s new state secretary,” stated Solymos. Kurilla had been involved in the ministry’s preparations for the presidency.

Solymos also said that climate change will be one of the greatest challenges facing the department. “It requires comprehensive solutions in the area of prevention as well as in the elimination of the negative offshoots of climate change – especially in terms of floods and droughts,” emphasised Solymos.

The new minister would also like to actively communicate with experts, unions and non-governmental organisations to preserve the balance between the protection of nature and economic development,” added Solymos.