The opposition Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) said on February 8 that it would draft a bill on the use of ethnic-minority languages in Slovakia by the end of March and submit it to Knut Vollebaek, the High Commissioner for Minorities for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), who is currently on a one day visit to Slovakia to discuss minority-language issues, the TASR newswire reported.
SMK chairman Pál Csáky was speaking after a meeting between his parliamentary party and Vollebaek to discuss issues surrounding last year’s amendment to Slovakia’s State Language Act that is viewed by representatives of the Hungarian minority as curtailing language rights.
SMK lawmaker József Berényi who chairs the parliamentary committee for human rights, nationalities and the status of women, told the TASR newswire that Vollebaek pointed out the great imbalance between the use of minority and state languages, which Berényi said must be dealt with. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Feb 2010 at 10:00