A draft revision to the school law proposed by the opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK), which is intended to ensure that textbooks for ethnic Hungarian pupils contain geographical names in Hungarian, has passed to its second reading in parliament.
Its submitters, József Berényi and László Szigeti, refer in the revision to the European Charter of Minority and Regional Languages, the SITA newswire wrote. The proposal was advanced to the second reading thanks to votes by deputies from the ruling Smer and opposition KDH and SMK parties. Deputies of the opposition SDKÚ mostly voted against the draft, with only two of them supporting it. Almost all the deputies of the Slovak National Party (SNS) were against the draft; one refrained from voting. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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29. Oct 2008 at 17:00