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Court deliberating over motion on EU treaty

THE SLOVAK Constitutional Court yesterday postponed indefinitely a motion initiated by 13 citizens arguing that the ratification of the EU Constitutional Treaty was a breach of their rights and that the document should have been approved in a national referendum.

The complainants, represented by Ondrej Dostál of the Conservative Institute think tank, argue that by approving the EU treaty the parliament also approved Slovakia's entry to another state formation, which should have been preceded by a referendum rather than just parliamentary vote.

Opposing the motion is parliament, represented by former constitutional court justice, now MP Ján Drgonec, who argues that the EU is not a state-like formation and thus the parliament had the right to decide on the EU treaty without calling a popular vote.

According to the SME daily, Drgonec pointed out the ambiguity of opinions in general over whether the EU is or is not a state formation.

"The arguments of the complainants are based on the reading of the works of some authors, but do not consider the views of the authors who say the opposite," Drgonec said at court.

It is not known how long the Constitutional Court will take to issue a statement over the matter because of the complicated nature of the case.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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