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Cabinet ministers give go-ahead to revised Penal Code

THE cabinet has approved a revised draft Penal Code submitted by Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic, according to the daily SME.

The minister had to withdraw the bill from parliament two weeks ago because, said the minister, changes to the law made by MPs would have created a mafia haven in Slovakia.

Lipšic reworked his draft and found a compromise solution over clauses disputed with ruling coalition partners. He also managed to get a clause on the criminal responsibility of companies into the new draft.

The draft still has to be approved in parliament, however, where the clause has several strong opponents. The opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia as well as Smer are against it.

Slovakia's cabinet lacks a majority in parliament and therefore has to rely on the support of independent MPs.

Lipšic is aware that by convincing his coalition partners, he has not won yet.

"This is just one fight [won], the battle in parliament is still ahead," he said.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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