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He ordered large layoffs and took money from the state budget

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He ordered large layoffs and took money from the state budget

The directors of national parks administrations are to fire almost 80 people, they were ordered by the Ministry of the Environment. For some parks, this may mean that they will not be able to fulfill the tasks assigned to them by the nature protection law.

At the same time, the leadership of the ministry, which is headed by the nominee of the Slovak National Party, Tomáš Taraba, took almost all the money from the state budget to the administration of the national parks. They reduced their contribution for 2024 by 80 to 100 percent. For example, the Tatra National Park had a contribution of 616,000 euros until now, now it is zero euros. National parks are subsidized organizations of the state and they must receive some kind of contribution for their activities.

The Ministry of the Environment did not respond to Denník N’s questions.

What can it mean?

“National parks are facing a financial collapse – forget about taking care of the tourist infrastructure, guarding against poachers and criminals, scientific study of nature, supporting private owners or expert construction guidance,” warns the former state secretary of the department, Michal Kiča (Democrats).

At the same time, he points out that the founder cannot instruct the formally independent director of the contributory organization, which is another legal entity, that he must fire employees. “Such an instruction is against the law.” According to Kič, zero on TANAP’s account is also illegal; The ministry thereby violates the Act on Budgetary Rules of Public Administration.

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There is now a risk of reckless construction in national parks, because understaffed administrations will not be able to issue expert opinions on investment plans, warns Progresívne Slovensko. “In that case, these intentions can be de facto complied with,” declared Tamara Stohlová, vice-chairwoman of the National Council for Agriculture and the Environment. It alludes to the new construction legislation: if an expert opinion does not arrive within the specified time, it means that the administration of the protected area agrees with the investment plan.

Michal Kiča points out that the parks will also lack European money. The Ministry did not issue any calls from the Operational Program Slovakia that could be used for practical care of nature in national parks. “They only issued a call for monitoring at the end of 2023.”

European money could be used to finance close to nature management in forests, which is mandatory in national parks, management measures in non-forest biotopes, related costs for employees and operational activities. That’s how it worked in the previous period.

Directors: We need to strengthen, not lay off

The directors of all nine national parks received a brief email on Monday from the director of the department’s National Parks Management Division

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