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Labour Code revision tops parliament's agenda

THE MOST important moment at the next parliamentary session scheduled to begin on June 19 will be the vote on the controversial amendment to the Labour Code.

Slovak employers strongly object to the draft revision. "The draft revision contains provisions that we fundamentally disagree with," representatives of the National Association of Employers and the Association of Employers of Slovakia said in a statement on June 13. They objected mainly to the strengthening of trade unions' privileges and the provisions concerning the structuring of shift structures and severance payments.

Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška also expects a wide discussion among both coalition and opposition MPs over the report on the healthcare situation that Health Minister Ivan Valentovič prepared according to parliament's request.

Another important point on the agenda will be the act on Slovakia's entry into the Schengen zone, which parliament is to discuss in a fast-track legislative procedure. The approval of a new vice-governor of the Slovak central bank is another point on the agenda. The government recommends candidate Viliam Ostrožlík. The parliament will also debate the secret service's annual reports and a report on the arms trade. The MPs are also to elect a new member of the Slovak Radio Council in a secret ballot.

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