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Transparency proposals fail in parliament

Parliament continued its 21st session on Thursday, May 15. A proposal which would have required MPs and public officials to declare the value of their property holdings failed to secure sufficient support. Deputies from the governing coalition decided that parliament should not continue debating the proposal, which was submitted by MPs Vladimír Palko and Pavol Minárik as an amendment to the constitutional law on conflict of interests of public officials. The present law imposes a duty on public officials to submit a statement if their income exceeds the minimum wage by more than 35 times. However, they are not obliged to disclose the financial extent – or explain the origin - of their historic property holdings, the SITA newswire wrote.

Parliament continued its 21st session on Thursday, May 15. A proposal which would have required MPs and public officials to declare the value of their property holdings failed to secure sufficient support. Deputies from the governing coalition decided that parliament should not continue debating the proposal, which was submitted by MPs Vladimír Palko and Pavol Minárik as an amendment to the constitutional law on conflict of interests of public officials. The present law imposes a duty on public officials to submit a statement if their income exceeds the minimum wage by more than 35 times. However, they are not obliged to disclose the financial extent – or explain the origin - of their historic property holdings, the SITA newswire wrote.

A proposal by Pavol Frešo and Lucia Žitňanská, MPs for the opposition SDKÚ-DS party, which would have required the publication of all contracts signed by the Slovak Land Fund (SPF), also failed. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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