Parliament held votes on a number of bills July 1, rejecting many of them.

The house green-lighted a bill submitted by governing Smer party MPs Ľubomír Petrák, Mojmír Mamojka and Ľubica Rosková, whereby applications for grants in research and development will no longer be automatically excluded for containing formal or technical shortcomings. A total of 127 legislators backed the motion whereby entities that will seek grants but submit applications with some formal or technical errors will be given 14 days to remedy the shortcomings.

On the other hand, a number of other bills, mostly those proposed by opposition, failed to gain passage.

A trio from the opposition Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) MPs – Erika Jurinová, Igor Hraško and Miroslav Kadúc – had no success with their proposed amendment to the Act on Free Access to Information, whereby they sought to introduce an obligation for people seeking public posts to disclose detailed information about themselves, most notably their CVs.

MPs also voted down was a joint proposal by Independent MP Mikuláš Huba (ex-OĽaNO) and OĽaNO MP Jan Mičovský who aimed impose penalties on air polluters. Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Peter Osuský sought to amend the State Language Act by dropping a provision whereby the state language is given preference over other languages spoken in Slovakia. Osuský also wanted to enable the media of any kind to decide freely on the language in which they divulge information.

The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) aimed to add civic associations, non-profit organisations and foundations that employ people to the list of organisations that are eligible for state contributions for “the development of local and regional employment”. NOVA party head Daniel Lipšic and vice-chair Jana Žitňanská proposed that midwives should also be able to provide health care within public health insurance to women during pre-natal and post-natal periods in the women’s own homes. It was rejected.

OĽaNO MPs Miroslav Kadúc and Štefan Kuffa submitted a bill to make it permissible for lorry drivers to overtake other vehicles on expressways and highways between 23:00 and 5:00. This initiative failed to receive the go-ahead as well.

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