Following an agreement signed in December by the speakers of the Slovak and Hungarian parliaments to co-ordinate contentious bilateral issues, their constitutional and legal affairs committees are due to meet for talks on February 24, the Slovak committee chief Mojmír Mamojka announced on February 11.
The topics addressed will include Criminal Code issues, in particular extremism, after activities last year by visiting Hungarian far-right groups raised eyebrows in Slovakia, and the powers of the office of the public protector of human rights – also known as the ombudsman - the TASR newswire wrote.
“We have one ombudsman, they have two,” said Mamojka, who added that the parliamentarians will discuss ways for the ombudsmen to take part in improving strained relations between the two countries.
The December 3, 2008, agreement between parliamentary speakers Pavol Paška (Slovakia) and Katalin Szili in Komárom (Hungary) envisaged six parliamentary committees meeting periodically to discuss relevant issues.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Feb 2009 at 10:00