MPs from the ruling coalition, supported by Agriculture Minister Miroslav Jureňa have proposed fining cyclists, horseback riders and mushroom pickers in Slovak forests, wrote the Hospodárske Noviny daily on June 21.
Cyclists and horseback riders could be fined up to Sk5,000 (€148) if they stray from the marked paths.
Opposition MPs argued that the new law would make it illegal to harvest anything from the woods.
“It would mean that we can’t even pick a single pinecone or chestnut,” said Pavol Frešo of the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union.
However, Jureňa said that the law was meant to stop people from picking and taking extreme amounts of mushrooms from the woods.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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21. Jun 2007 at 14:26