Former Minister Ján Mičovský left OĽaNO after six months of criticism


On Monday, you introduced that you simply had been leaving the OĽaNO membership and would proceed to perform as a non-attached Member. How do you consider your coverage enter and follow-up?

– It all began a very long time in the past. I used to be a forester on the time. I’m nonetheless a crew, I simply turned a politician for some time with the intention of ending my struggle in opposition to corruption, which I met within the state enterprise LESY SR. I accepted a uncommon supply that I at all times valued – to complete this match in parliament.

I’ve by no means considered politics earlier than. I welcomed the interval once I was an opposition politician, after we revered our anti-corruption nature very a lot and took the steps that the opposition can and may take. These are, of course, at all times simpler than when you have already got a duty. I used to be blissful that we got a mandate by the residents to do one thing about it, and I humbly accepted an sudden service within the ministerial chair, an opportunity to affect the operating of public affairs on the highest stage. I believe that through the 12 months and a half within the ministerial chair, we had been capable of create an environment that satisfied many who it was not only a speech, however a honest effort to enter right into a service that can profit the residents and that can cleanse the nation.

You have been taking severe political steps for a very long time. You additionally resigned on the finish of May …

– Many of those that believed in us quickly got here to assist me with the ministry. However, a crucial second got here once I needed to admit my political mistake related to the nomination of Mrs. Bartošová for the place of General Director of the Slovak Land Fund, which later turned suspected of corrupt conduct. I due to this fact resigned. Convinced that nothing is ending, we’ve got launched into many essential tough processes with the idea that they’re mandatory. I hoped to proceed them. I did not know who was coming to my place. The selection fell on Mr Vlčan, with whom I didn’t have a superb expertise as Secretary of State, however I hopefully accepted it and handed over the workplace to him truthfully and with full duty. In this case, private emotions should go sideways.

Mičovský is not enthusiastic about the actions of Eduard Heger.  His inaction after the joint meeting was said to be the last straw, after which the ex-minister said goodbye to OĽANO.

Mičovský will not be enthusiastic in regards to the actions of Eduard Heger. His inaction after the joint assembly was mentioned to be the final straw, after which the ex-minister mentioned goodbye to OĽANO.

Source: Johanna Geron

However, after my departure, issues began taking place on the ministry, the place I noticed that my successor was deviating from the framework I had set. However, it was the consultants who got here to the demanding service and carried out it with religion in our phrases truthfully and helped us to disclose the results of the decline of earlier governments, however shocked they turned undesirable and infrequently needed to depart in undignified circumstances. That’s when my perception that I needed to do one thing started to develop.

Chairman of the OĽANO movement Igor Matovič and Ján Mičovský.

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Has this perception been born lengthy?

– It was a course of that was comparatively lengthy, it was actually not an impulsive motion when one decides to take such a step within the morning. I wrote an open letter in August 2021, the place I identified this unusual occasion (addressed to Igor Matovič, editor’s be aware). However, nothing occurred, although the membership mentioned that it was severe and the scenario wanted to be resolved. However, the reply was silence, which I thought-about the worst answer, so I wrote one other, this time an inside letter, the place I clearly defined what all of us want to debate. I wrote it with good intentions, the place all my elementary findings had been described, however even that didn’t carry any response. Therefore, I additionally took the third step once I reopened this matter on the November session and expressed my efforts to handle it. However, other than the truth that Igor Matovič informed me that individuals who had been fraudulently expelled from the anti-corruption unit in agriculture, they make use of on the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and use their capabilities, nothing extra occurred once more. They had been prime consultants, and I believed it was humanly proper to rent them, however the essence was not why they needed to depart and who they had been interfering with.

What was the final straw whenever you mentioned “sufficient”?

– These had been all steps to my resolution to go away the membership. The latter was a dialogue with the Prime Minister earlier than Christmas on the topic of forests, that are my lifelong area, and really dangerous issues began taking place in them once more years later beneath the management of the brand new CEO, Tibor Köszeghy. Both in phrases of personnel, when folks with a demonstrably dangerous ethical {and professional} status started to take workplace, and in phrases of violations of laws and, lastly, non-respect of the federal government’s program within the subject of selling nature-friendly farming. Well, and since even this dialogue didn’t flip into actual motion on the finish of the 12 months, I questioned what else I might do to shake our membership’s anti-corruption conscience and alert our colleagues, whom I sincerely respect, to the insufferable scenario within the agricultural sector. I informed myself that the one factor I had left was, sadly, leaving the membership, saying that this was now not my OĽANO.

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