Analyst: legislative proposals are test between Smer and KDH

Two separate legislative proposals on proving the origin of property now before parliament could be a test of relations between the leading ruling party and one of the largest opposition parties, according to political analyst Peter Horváth

Two separate legislative proposals on proving the origin of property now before parliament could be a test of relations between the leading ruling party and one of the largest opposition parties, according to political analyst Peter Horváth

One proposal was presented by Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer) on January 4, and another by Daniel Lipšic (an MP and former justice minister for the opposition Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH)) the following day, will be a test of political communication between the two parties vis-a-vis the parliamentary elections set for the summer, Horváth said.

"If this issue connects the two parties in Parliament, it would be a signal that their animosity isn't that significant," said Horváth, adding that it is to be expected that neither party will back a proposal from the other.

The issue should be perceived as an attempt to gain some political points before the elections by both Smer and the KDH, noted the analyst. He foresees both proposals failing, as neither of the two parties will be willing to yield to the other. "The law, if adopted, would bring many political points, and they have no reason to support each other," said Horváth.

Fico's proposal concerns property that exceeds 1,000- or 1,500-times (€300,000 or €450,000) the minimum monthly salary and was acquired after the year 1990. Lipšic's proposal concerns property exceeding 500-times the minimum monthly salary, with no time limits on acquisition included. "If there is a time limit, it will be nothing more than a political spectacle," stressed Lipšic, arguing that it wouldn't be difficult to bypass the law if a time limit were introduced. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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