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Slovak cabinet passes a draft revision of Electronic Communications Act

At its session on November 11, the Slovak cabinet approved a draft revision of the Act on Electronic Communications prepared by the Transport Ministry which narrows down the reasons to dismiss representatives of the Telecommunications Office, the SITA newswire reported.

At its session on November 11, the Slovak cabinet approved a draft revision of the Act on Electronic Communications prepared by the Transport Ministry which narrows down the reasons to dismiss representatives of the Telecommunications Office, the SITA newswire reported.

The only reasons for recalling representatives of the Telecommunications Office should not only be their work in favour of political parties but also in favour of or to the detriment of corporate entities. The revision maintains the ban on party membership. On the other hand, the draft revision deletes a provision according to which the head of the Telecommunications Office can be recalled by parliament or its deputy chairman can be recalled by the cabinet if the Telecommunications Office does not fulfil its tasks rooted in the law on electronic communications.

The Transport Ministry is reacting to the infringement proceedings launched by the European Commission against Slovakia in the issue of violation of rules on the independence of the regulator from interference that could affect the impartiality of its decisions. The EC thinks that the rules in the law on electronic communications represent an incorrect transposition of the regulatory framework of the European Community for Electronic Communications.

This May the EC launched infringement proceedings against Slovakia for violation of EU rules. It disapproved of the dismissal of the Slovak Telecommunications Office's head, Branislav Máčaj, by parliament, SITA wrote. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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