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Parliament to approve EU reform treaty without problems

Slovak MPs have had mixed reactions to the approval of the EU Reform Treaty at the EU summit in Lisbon, Portugal, earlier this week, the Pravda daily reported on October 20.

Opposition SDKÚ MP Magda Vášáryová said it's in Slovakia's interest for the parliament to approve the Reform Treaty, as Slovakia would benefit from the new conditions outlined in the document.

Ruling-coalition Smer MP Boris Zala said he considers the treaty to be the first step toward deeper political integration, and will support it in the parliamentary vote.

But opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) MP Vladimír Palko said there's not a big difference between the new Reform Treaty and the old Constitutional Treaty, which was voted down in French and Dutch referendums in 2005. The new treaty would bring the Union closer to forming one European state with no parliamentary democracy, said Palko, adding that he won't vote for the document in the parliament.

József Berényi, from the opposition ethnic-Hungarian SMK party, said he thought the new treaty won't bring the EU closer to the people, and won't make the complicated decision-making process any easier. Meanwhile, governing-coalition HZDS MP Milan Urbáni called the treaty "advantageous for Slovakia", and said his party will support it in the parliament.

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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