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Court rules affirmative action not in line with constitution

THE SLOVAK Constitutional Court ruled that the Anti-discrimination Act - passed by parliament last year - is unconstitutional, and in particular, its special provisions for positive discrimination in favour of members of ethnic minorities, the TASR news wire reported.

The Court came down in favour of Justice Minister Daniel Lipsic of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), who opposed the affirmative action provisions proposed by Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Human Rights and Minorities Pál Csáky (ethnic-Hungarian SMK party).

In October 2004, Lipsic, supported by most members of the government, requested that the Constitutional Court examine the law for compliance with the Slovak Constitution. The court began considering the case on March 24 this year.

Csáky said he would honour the ruling of the Constitutional Court, however, adding that it is not the best news for the Roma community.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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