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Controversial law will speed up motorway construction

A controversial law allowing the adoption of one-off extraordinary measures to ease the expropriation of land for the construction of motorways and other roads was passed by Parliament on December 11.

A controversial law allowing the adoption of one-off extraordinary measures to ease the expropriation of land for the construction of motorways and other roads was passed by Parliament on December 11.

The Opposition claims that the act violates property rights and plans to challenge it in the Constitutional Court. The Christian Democrats (KDH) have already begun collecting MPs' signatures for a petition asking the Court to prevent the law from coming into effect. According to opposition KDH MP and former Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic, the idea that the state would build on private land without any restrictions represents an utterly unacceptable interference in ownership rights.

According to constitutional lawyer Radoslav Procházka, the newly passed Act on Extraordinary Measures on motorway construction is unconstitutional.

"In my opinion, those who adopted this law decided to ignore the requirements they should fulfil according to the Slovak Constitution, as well as the Strasbourg Agreement, because the law enables the forced restriction of property rights without fulfilling the respective preconditions," Procházka said. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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