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Land expropriation bill against public interest, former justice minister says

A new government-backed bill that would simplify the process of expropriating privately-owned land for highway construction was a slap in the face of the public interest, said opposition SDKÚ MP and former justice minister Lucia Žitňanská during a parliamentary debate on the bill on October 18.

She added that the bill - drafted by Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny (Smer) – goes against the Constitution and the Convention on Human Rights.

Ruling coalition HZDS MP Katarína Tóthová said she shares Źitňanská's view on the bill, suggesting that highway-construction deadlines should be cut instead.

Both MPs predicted the bill will end up before the Constitutional Court.

But Smer MP Vladimír János said highway construction is too important to be ignored.

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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