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Limited support for bill on freezing politicians' salaries

The salaries paid to constitutional officials, judges and prosecutors shouldn't go up in 2009, according to a proposal submitted by opposition Christian Democrat (KDH) MP Daniel Lipšic. He expects the potential savings from such a move to reach Sk200 million (€6.6 million).

The salaries paid to constitutional officials, judges and prosecutors shouldn't go up in 2009, according to a proposal submitted by opposition Christian Democrat (KDH) MP Daniel Lipšic. He expects the potential savings from such a move to reach Sk200 million (€6.6 million).

"The reason for this measure is the financial crisis, which is expected to deepen in 2009," Lipšic's proposal reads.

When approached for comment, fellow opposition MPs Stanislav Janis (SDKÚ-DS) and Miklós Duray (ethnic-Hungarian SMK) stated that their parties haven't taken up the proposal so far.

Coalition SNS MP Štefan Zelník believes that his party colleagues will support Lipšic's initiative. Others from a different party disagreed.

"I don't intend to vote for Lipšic's proposal, although I know that he's right," said coalition ĽS-HZDS MP Ján Kovarčík, who described the initiative as populist.

According to Jana Lasáková, an MP for the main governing party Smer-SD, the Government has already prepared "certain measures" aimed at dealing with the crisis. Lipšic's proposal to freeze judges' salaries has been deemed unconstitutional by the Judicial Council, which recommended that parliament reject the bill. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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