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Bill on drinking water leads to clashes
3 Jul 2014 Flash News
Slovak MPs on July 2 debated almost solely the bill stipulating, among other things, conditions for selling drinking water abroad.
There is currently no legitimate tool in Slovakia to prohibit the export of water, and if someone decides to export it abroad, they will do so, Environment Minister Peter Žiga said during a parliamentary debate on the amendment Water Act, adding that he wants to regulate this process with the new legislation.
However, Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) MP Igor Hraško reacted by saying that Žiga should immediately withdraw his proposal that would amend the current Water Act. Hraško said this at a press conference, while wearing a Slovak folk costume. He described the bill, currently being debated in parliament, as “hideous”.
“With the new law we guarantee the water supply, as has been the case so far,” Žiga said for TASR. “If someone comes to the local district authority now and says that they want to exploit water, basically after meeting certain conditions they can receive formal authorisation for water extraction and can sell it to anyone abroad.”
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