PRIME Minister Robert Fico has informally asked President Ivan Gašparovič to not sign the Patriotism Act, which was prepared by the junior coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) and was recently passed by parliament. The prime minister’s main objection is that the new law is due to come in to effect on April 1; Fico would prefer to delay its validity until the beginning of the next school year on September 1, the Sme daily reported.
Fico deems the current date impractical, as it leaves no time for schools to prepare the technicalities necessary to implement the law. He also said the SNS should also get more time to specify the ways in which schools could be reimbursed for costs stemming from the law.
As for the intent of the law, Fico said he had no reservations.
“I think that work with state symbols should be more active – but it is questionable whether to do it through a law,” Fico said, adding that if the law is returned to the Slovak Parliament, he expects Speaker Pavol Paška to find a way to move an amended act through parliament before the general election due in June.
22. Mar 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff