A round table on the contentious Hungarian Law on Dual Citizenship involving Slovakia and Hungary will not take place before the end of May, the TASR newswire wrote.
Representatives of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) asked on May 18 for such a round table to be convened this month at the European People's Party (EPP) headquarters in Brussels. However, following the talks held between EPP Chairman Wilfried Martens and leader of Hungarian Fidesz party Viktor Orbán, the meeting has been postponed to late June – after the Slovak June 12 parliamentary election.
Martens will serve as the mediator of the talks, attended by Slovakia’s representatives from SDKÚ, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), and the Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) and Hungarian Fidesz and KDNP party representatives. These parties are affiliates of EPP.
“We can start thinking about having such a meeting only after the election campaign in Slovakia ends,” said Martens. The Law on Dual Citizenship was submitted to the Hungarian Parliament on May 17 by FIDESZ and KDNP, with the legislation expected to come into effect as of August 20, 2010 – notwithstanding the fact that the government has not been sworn in yet.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. May 2010 at 10:00