THE RULING, liberal New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) has strongly opposed a treaty on Catholic education that Slovakia is planning to sign with the Vatican, calling it discriminatory.
The treaty would, among other obligations, bind Slovakia to fund Catholic schools on an equal basis to state schools. Once the treaty is signed, Catholic schools will not have to teach subjects that are not in line with Catholic teaching.
ANO has opposed the treaty and bound its three cabinet ministers to vote against it. Another ruling party, the Christian Democrats (KDH), has argued the treaty is a standard one and the state would offer equal conditions to other registered churches in Slovakia as well.
14. Jul 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports