Budapest to take Sólyom's banned trip to European Court of Justice

The case involving Hungarian President László Sólyom being prohibited from entering Slovakia on August 21 last year will continue to be pursued by Hungary via a motion against Slovakia before EU institutions, the Hungarian Government Office confirmed for the TASR newswire on Tuesday, March 30. Hungary wants to find out whether Slovakia violated EU legal norms when it decided to stop Sólyom's limousine on the border as he was heading to Komárno where he planned to unveil the statue of Hungarian King (Saint) Stephen. The ban came after Slovak political authorities decided the Hungarian president had picked an unsuitable day to make the trip, as August 21 in Slovak history was the day when the country was invaded in 1968 by Warsaw Pact armies, including Hungarian troops.

The case involving Hungarian President László Sólyom being prohibited from entering Slovakia on August 21 last year will continue to be pursued by Hungary via a motion against Slovakia before EU institutions, the Hungarian Government Office confirmed for the TASR newswire on Tuesday, March 30.

Hungary wants to find out whether Slovakia violated EU legal norms when it decided to stop Sólyom's limousine on the border as he was heading to Komárno where he planned to unveil the statue of Hungarian King (Saint) Stephen. The ban came after Slovak political authorities decided the Hungarian president had picked an unsuitable day to make the trip, as August 21 in Slovak history was the day when the country was invaded in 1968 by Warsaw Pact armies, including Hungarian troops.

In October 2009, the government of Hungary called on the European Commission (EC) to launch a legal procedure against Slovakia due to what happened on the border in August. Brussels said this is a bilateral issue between the two countries. Now the Hungarian government, taking into account its previous communication with the EC, has decided to take the issue to the European Court of Justice.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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