The Slovak cabinet, at a session held earlier today (Wednesday, June 9), approved a package of measures to help the victims of recent flooding. The package includes a draft amendment to the law on parliamentary elections and the law on political parties and movements which would reduce by one quarter the state contributions paid to parties after parliamentary elections.
The Slovak Parliament is to decide on the draft amendment in an expedited legislative procedure at an extraordinary parliamentary session that Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška will convene tomorrow (Thursday, June 10).
The finance and interior ministers stated in a report accompanying the draft that adoption of the legislative change would mean that approximately €4 million would be made available to compensate for damage caused by natural disasters, the SITA newswire wrote. State contributions to political parties campaigning ahead of the June 12 general election would be cut. The draft authors stated that the volume of the savings would depend on election turnout. Parties receive payments calculated in part according to the number of votes they receive.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Jun 2010 at 14:00