The ruling coalition's New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) assisted opposition Smer to push through parliament on July 4 a bill on retail chains, which formalises relations between suppliers and retail chains.
Originally the law should have regulated the construction of new hypermarkets, but the numerous amending proposals have extracted the legislation's teeth. "The law is useless. Its only 'contribution' is that it increases tensions within the ruling coalition," Slovak Democratic and Christian Union's Ján Rusnák says.
The revision does not contain a regulation on a compulsory minimum share of Slovak products offered by supermarkets and hypermarkets as Smer had originally proposed.
The parliament adopted a similar law last year but the European Commission heavily criticized it and president Rudolf Schuster vetoed it.
Compiled by Beáta Balogová from press reports
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7. Jul 2003 at 9:56