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Origin of assets bill on agenda again

THE UPCOMING parliament session will deal with two drafts pertaining to individuals proving the origin of their property. One of the drafts was submitted by Prime Minister Robert Fico and the second by Daniel Lipšic from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). They both want to make a so-called small amendment to the Slovak Constitution, which would require a super-majority of three-fifths of the parliamentary deputies and thus votes from deputies of coalition and opposition parties, the SITA newswire reported.

THE UPCOMING parliament session will deal with two drafts pertaining to individuals proving the origin of their property. One of the drafts was submitted by Prime Minister Robert Fico and the second by Daniel Lipšic from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). They both want to make a so-called small amendment to the Slovak Constitution, which would require a super-majority of three-fifths of the parliamentary deputies and thus votes from deputies of coalition and opposition parties, the SITA newswire reported.

Previous attempts to adopt such a bill were not successful; the last attempt from 2005 was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court. In response to the court’s decision, both Fico and Lipšic propose to incorporate an article on property rights into the Slovak Constitution.

Lipšic opposes Fico’s idea that the law should apply only to personal assets acquired after 1990 but he has not ruled out agreement with Fico’s Smer party on this aspect of the law.

If the cabinet approves the prime minster’s draft at its first session on January 13, it could be placed on the parliamentary agenda in February, SITA reported. Fico expects his coalition partners to back the proposal because such a bill is in the government’s programme statement.


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