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SMK’s Csáky and EP’s Buzek discuss Slovakia’s Language Act

Ethnic-Hungarian SMK party chairman Pál Csáky said after a meeting with European Parliament Chairman Jerzy Buzek in Bratislava on Wednesday that he believes the “stupid passages of the State Language Act, such as those on imposing fines” won't be applied at least before the general elections next June, the TASR newswire reported.

Ethnic-Hungarian SMK party chairman Pál Csáky said after a meeting with European Parliament Chairman Jerzy Buzek in Bratislava on Wednesday that he believes the “stupid passages of the State Language Act, such as those on imposing fines” won't be applied at least before the general elections next June, the TASR newswire reported.

“Mr. Buzek didn't even rule out a possible change of this Act, which is good. His demand for dialogue between the authorities and legitimate representatives of the Hungarian community is also in line with our opinion,” said Csaky to TASR, adding that he showed Buzek a list of 30,000 signatures from people who aren't happy with the Act. Csáky also noted that SMK isn't interested in increasing tension.

Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda, who also spoke with Buzek along with Christian Democrats (KDH) chief Ján Figeľ prior to Buzek's meeting with Csáky, said that the discussion was focused on values in economy, politics and everyday life. “We've always been interested in respecting human and minority rights,” said Buzek, adding that Slovakia can rely on assistance from the OSCE and the EU Council in this. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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