BASED on a proposal by Justice Minister Daniel Lipsic a recently approved anti-discrimination law will be forwarded to the Constitutional Court, which should decide whether the law is in line with the Slovak constitution.

The law was approved by 116 MPs in line with the recommendations from the EU. The law should enable temporary positive discrimination of disadvantaged groups and minorities, an aspect that Lipsic considers to be in conflict with the constitution.

According to Lipsic, the legislation enables the establishment of quotas for admitting people belonging to such groups to universities or to work. That, he says, is "the most extreme form of positive discrimination which degrades dignity", the SME daily wrote.

Pal Csaky, the Deputy PM for Minorities, who prepared the law, argued however, that positive discrimination was meant to help disadvantaged groups to "get on the same level as others".

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports

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