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SDKÚ to summon extraordinary parliamentary session on crisis

The opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party has decided to summon an extraordinary parliamentary session to propose measures aimed at minimising the impacts of the global crisis on the Slovak economy, SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said at a press conference on February 17.

The opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) party has decided to summon an extraordinary parliamentary session to propose measures aimed at minimising the impacts of the global crisis on the Slovak economy, SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said at a press conference on February 17.

According to the SDKÚ leader, the session could take place in March, preferably before the start of presidential election campaign. The first round of the presidential election will be held on March 21.

Referring to a recent two-month break in parliamentary debates, Dzurinda criticised what he called the governing coalition’s lack of action in a difficult crisis period, the TASR newswire reported. “I can't understand how Parliament can plan its next session in two months. Is it normal? Will we helplessly watch our people losing their jobs? It's out of the question,” said Dzurinda.

Dzurinda expressed some appreciation for the anti-crisis measures adopted so far by the government, while noting that many of them were originally SDKÚ proposals. “It's not good that Smer didn't find the courage to support our further, key proposals,” he pointed out, referring to voting on Tuesday, when all the opposition's amending proposals were rejected by coalition MPs. As key proposals, Dzurinda pointed to the SDKÚ's thwarted attempt to lower the flat tax from 19 to 16 percent and its proposal to improve the process for public procurement. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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