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Slovak lawmakers resume 39th parliamentary session on June 30

The 39th session of the Slovak Parliament resumed on Tuesday, June 30 with discussion about the cabinet's draft bill concerning the public service media Slovak Radio (SRo) and Slovak Television (STV), the SITA newswire reported.

The 39th session of the Slovak Parliament resumed on Tuesday, June 30 with discussion about the cabinet's draft bill concerning the public service media Slovak Radio (SRo) and Slovak Television (STV), the SITA newswire reported.

The draft by the Culture Ministry wants to enable the state to sign contracts with STV and SRo which should have a stabilizing effect on the media's financing and support production of original programs. The governing coalition’s junior party, the HZDS, however disagrees with provisions that would allow public service media to take on bank loans. And Tomáš Galbavý of the opposition SDKÚ party said that it would again propose cancellation of listener and viewer fees paid to the public service media and propose to parliament a systemic solution of financing the public service media in September. The party wants an annual allocation for STV and SRo be incorporated directly into the state budget, SITA wrote.

Lawmakers are also expected to vote on the draft revision of the law on the state language, which is to introduce fines for the use of incorrect Slovak.

Parliament approved the cabinet's revision to the public procurement law which was debated in expedited procedure. Eighty deputies of 137 present in 150-member Slovak Parliament supported it. If the president signs the bill into law, it will become effective as of the day it is publication in the Law Code. The revised piece of legislation reduces the period during which the Public Procurement Office or a bidder for a concession can file a motion at courts suggesting the nullification of a concession contract from twelve months to thirty days.

The government argued that the amendment will speed up highway construction through PPP projects. On June 30, Parliament also approved the Report on Monetary Development in Slovakia last year and the Annual Report of the Nation's Memory Institute for 2008. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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