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Parliament will not discuss lobbying bill
19 Sep 2013 Flash News
Members of parliament did not approve for the second reading [in parliament] the bill on setting a legal definition for lobbying in Slovakia. The draft tabled by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) was rejected September 19.
KDH Chairman Ján Figeľ opined that corruption is often mistaken for lobbying and it is not clear where the lines are.
“In western Europe, lobbying is considered an important part of life,” he said as quoted by the SITA newswire. “It has its legal base.” He also pointed out that since the Smer party led government took power last year, no positive legislation concerning the fight against corruption or managing the lobbying has been adopted.
KDH defined in the draft bill who can be a lobbyist and under which conditions they can lobby, defining the term itself and setting conditions for it – as well as related sanctions. Lobbyists would be required to register with the Interior Ministry.
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