The New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) failed to prevent the cabinet from approving a treaty with the Vatican on Catholic education. Even Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) ministers, who on Tuesday insisted that state sign agreements with other churches, voted in favour of the agreement.
ANO ministers objected that the draft treaty ignores the recommendations of the Supreme Court and the cabinet's legislative advisory body. The cabinet managed the approval of the treaty as an intergovernmental document, which means that neither the parliament nor the president has any word on it.
However, Education Minister and Christian Democratic (KDH) MP Martin Fronc thinks that ANO is pursuing hidden political goals when rejecting the treaty that secures Catholic schools the same state budget funding that other schools get.
Once the treaty is signed, state power could not press church schools to any subject that would contradict their beliefs.
Compiled by Beáta Balogová from press reports
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10. Jul 2003 at 12:11