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Paška to submit alternative social insurance amendments

Parliamentary Speaker Pavol Paška (from Smer-SD party) said on November 5 that he would probably present President Ivan Gašparovič with two alternative variations of the amendment to the Social Insurance Act approved by Parliament on October 30. One of the alternatives will include the confusing stipulations contained within the amendment, while the other won't.

Paška told a press conference that this was an unprecedented legislative and technical problem, and neither Slovakia's Constitution, nor the Parliamentary Code has ever dealt with such a situation.

The Parliamentary Legislative Department earlier on November 5 released the amendment without the approved clause proposed by Opposition SDKÚ-DS MP Iveta Radičová, which opposed the previously approved clauses in the amendment. This mistake, according to Paška, resulted from the need to release the amendment within three days of its approval. The amendment was approved with MPs appearing to vote both for and against the provision allowing people the chance to opt in and out of the private second pillar of the pension system. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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