Slovak parliament postpones closing session and awaits Hungarian action on dual citizenship

The last session of Slovakia’s parliament scheduled for Wednesday, May 19 to ceremonially conclude the four-year election term will not take place. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška cancelled the planned session after Prime Minister Robert Fico asked him do so at a session of the country’s Security Council, the SITA newswire wrote.

The last session of Slovakia’s parliament scheduled for Wednesday, May 19 to ceremonially conclude the four-year election term will not take place. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška cancelled the planned session after Prime Minister Robert Fico asked him do so at a session of the country’s Security Council, the SITA newswire wrote.

Fico summoned the Security Council for a meeting on the morning of May 18 following
news that the Hungarian Parliament has opened discussion on a draft amendment to its dual citizenship law which Slovakia finds unacceptable. The prime minister explained that Slovakia’s parliament must be prepared to act instantly and to flexibly react to the possible approval of the amendment by Hungarian lawmakers.

The ruling centre-right party Fidesz in Hungary wants its parliament to revise the Act on Citizenship so that Hungarian citizenship could also be obtained by citizens of Hungarian origin who have never lived in Hungary and who never had permanent residence there.

“We will closely follow how they will discuss it,” stated Fico to SITA. He said the proposed change in the law will probably have effects that will extend beyond Hungary and could create real security risks for Slovakia and its citizens. Fico said that the moment the amendment is adopted in Hungary the Slovak Parliament will endorse counter-measures.

Slovakia’s Foreign Minister, Miroslav Lajčák, has already talked with diplomats of EU countries headquartered in Slovakia. Now he is planning to meet with ambassadors of additional countries.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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