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Slovakia's ex-minister may head Ukraine's Finance Ministry

March 31, 11:31 UTC+3 KIEV KIEV March, 30. /TASS
Ukraine's parliamentary speaker has asked the parliament to consider if Ivan Miklos may be invited to the post of Ukraine’s finance minister without obtaining the country’s citizenship
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Slovakia’s former minister of finance, Ivan Miklos

Slovakia’s former minister of finance, Ivan Miklos

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KIEV, March 31. /TASS/. Ukrainian parliamentary speaker Vladimir Groisman on Wednesday asked the parliament to consider if Slovakia’s former minister of finance, Ivan Miklos, may be invited to the post of Ukraine’s finance minister without obtaining the country’s citizenship.

As follows from the bill Groisman submitted to parliament, a foreign national who previously held the post of a head of government or government minister in another country may be temporarily appointed to the position of Ukraine’s minister of finance till May 1, 2017 on the condition he knows the state language or has sufficient command of it for performing the official duties.

The bill says that such a person can work in Ukraine without getting the country’s citizenship for one year, but will be obliged to do so when the period expires. The powers of the Ukrainian minister of finance, appointed in accordance with the draft law, shall be terminated if Ukrainian citizenship fails to be obtained within a twelve-month deadline.

Under the same bill the foreigner who has been appointed Ukraine’s finance minister will not have to undergo special checks or get a certificate of employment in Ukraine.

Earlier, Miklos gave his preliminary consent to taking the finance minister’s position and the seat of Ukraine’s deputy prime minster. On the condition, though, he would retain his Slovak citizenship, said Bratislava-based network periodical Dennik N.

Ivan Miklos, 56, last year was appointed an adviser to Ukraine’s Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko. The authorities in Kiev were impressed by what the Slovak politician and economist did for the sake of stabilizing and reforming the Ukrainian economy. Pyotr Poroshenko invited him into the Cabinet.

"He discussed the proposal [for joining the government] with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his candidate for premiership, parliamentary speaker Vladimir Groisman," Dennik N said.

Miklos told the online resource if the Ukrainian accepted his conditions, he would have no reasons for refusing to take a senior government post in that country, where under local laws only a Ukrainian citizen can be a government member.

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