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Gašparovič to decide on Social Insurance Act

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič will deal with the amendment to the Social Insurance Act within the legally binding deadline of 15 days, the president's spokesman Marek Trubač said on October 31.

Parliament approved the amendment on October 30, but representatives of the opposition claimed that MPs appeared to vote simultaneously for and against the provision allowing people the chance to opt in and out of the private second pillar of the pension system.

SDKÚ-DS vice-chair and former Labour Minister Iveta Radičová said on October 30 that she would ask Gašparovič to return the amendment to the House due to the confusing stipulations contained within it. According to her, the confused voting reflected the entire debate on the amendment.

Confusing stipulations contained within the amendment approved by parliament on October 30 could weaken law enforcement in Slovakia, constitutional lawyer Radoslav Procházka said.

"A combination of two contradictory clauses is a good reason for the president to return the amendment to parliament. The act could be corrected, instead of being dealt with by the Constitutional Court," Procházka told SLOVAKIA. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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