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Slovak MPs vote against restriction of their parliamentary immunity

A proposal by opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Tomáš Galbavý to publish audio recordings of cabinet sessions via the internet was voted down in parliament on June 18.

A proposal by opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Tomáš Galbavý to publish audio recordings of cabinet sessions via the internet was voted down in parliament on June 18.

Deputies backed a proposal by governing Smer party MP Viera Mazúrová not to continue discussing the matter. Galbavý told the SITA newswire that he wanted to make the cabinet’s work more transparent, in line with that of parliament.

Galbavý’s other proposal, to restrict MPs’ immunity through an amendment of the Act on Transgressions, also failed.

Galbavý said he believed that immunity should not protect MPs as individuals, but rather parliament as an institution, the basic task of which is to supervise the government. He thinks that deputies should have immunity concerning their deeds, voting and statements: “Concerning everything that has to do with their mandate,” he specified. Once they leave the parliament building, however, they should be equal subjects before the law, like all other citizens. He sees the problem mainly in the sphere of legal transgressions, especially traffic infringements. His proposal did not make it to a second reading, as it was supported by just 48 MPs out of 136. Most MPs – 77 – abstained from the vote. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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