THE EXTRAORDINARY session of parliament on non-banking institutions scheduled for December 17 lasted only a few minutes as the Smer-dominated house didn't approve the session programme.

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška thus concluded the session before any debate could be held. Paška said that the government has already prepared changes to the Act to be discussed, which will be presented in January.

‘Ordinary People and Independent Personalities’ (OĽaNO) MPs expressed their discontent with ending the session with slogans asking Smer MPs why they protected moneylenders, the TASR newswire wrote. Opposition MPs led by now independent MP Alojz Hlina wanted to convene an extraordinary parliamentary session to express their concern at the activities of the non-banking institutions that provide loans to people under conditions resembling usury and over the increase in legal proceedings in attempts to seize property. At the same time, they also wanted to call on the government to prepare legislation to address this situation.

Paška at first decided not to convene the special session. According to him, the proposal didn’t meet the necessary requirement of 30 signatures as it contained only 29 signatures plus the name of Independent MP Radoslav Procházka – without his signature. Later, 40 signatures were collected and thus, the extraordinary session had to be summoned after all, although only it lasted just minutes.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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