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KDH: government bill on strategic companies contravenes EU law

The opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) views the Slovak government's bill on strategic enterprises as an effort to replace market mechanisms with state interventions and even nationalisation, KDH chairman Ján Figeľ said on Tuesday, November 3.

The opposition Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) views the Slovak government's bill on strategic enterprises as an effort to replace market mechanisms with state interventions and even nationalisation, KDH chairman Ján Figeľ said on Tuesday, November 3.

“Slovakia would never have been able to join the EU with such a law. I'm speaking as a former negotiator,” said Figeľ, who until recently served as a European Commissioner. The draft law, which has been submitted by the government for fast-track legislative proceedings, contains at least three contraventions of EU law, Figeľ said. As an example, he pointed to the introduction of the principle of first refusal for the state, saying it is at odds with the bloc's principle of the free movement of capital.

The proposal features numerous shortcomings, and is thus not a solution for Slovakia. "The KDH will oppose the draft, and will turn to the Constitutional Court vis-a-vis its incompatibility with EU law," said Figeľ. Turning to the government's state-budget proposal for 2010, which is being discussed by parliament, KDH vice-chairman Anton Marcinčin said that the draft is "irresponsible, lacks solidarity and is messy." He added that the budget proposal counts on receiving unrealistic amounts of money from EU funds, an excessive deficit and a rapid increase in the public debt. "It will bring lower funds for social inclusion and will deepen regional gaps," he claimed.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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