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EU laws missing as deadline nears

PÁL Csáky, the deputy PM for integration, said Slovakia would be able to pass all 20 laws that the country needs to approve by the May 1 EU entry, but the situation in parliament may spoil those plans, the Slovak daily Pravda wrote.

The ruling parties, who have only 67 of the 150 MP votes in parliament, have still not agreed on some of the missing legislation, including the amendment to the retail chains law, which the liberal New Citizen's Alliance party considers unjustified, and anti-discrimination legislation. Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic, a Christian Democrat, said his party might try to change some of the aspects of the legislation the cabinet approves.

Several ministries are lagging behind in the preparation of missing laws. The Justice Ministry still has to complete a law on lobbying and admitted that a law on EU arrest warrants may also come after the deadline.

The European Commission can impose sanctions on countries failing to approve required European legislation.

Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
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