NEWS IN SHORT

Government proposes curbs on MPs’ immunity

THE GOVERNMENT has proposed limiting Slovak MPs’ and judges’ immunity from prosecution. The move was agreed at a cabinet session on July 15 and, if passed, will mean that MPs’ immunity would be restricted only to statements and voting in parliament. Comparable rules would apply to judges, including those sitting in the Constitutional Court, and to the general prosecutor.

THE GOVERNMENT has proposed limiting Slovak MPs’ and judges’ immunity from prosecution. The move was agreed at a cabinet session on July 15 and, if passed, will mean that MPs’ immunity would be restricted only to statements and voting in parliament. Comparable rules would apply to judges, including those sitting in the Constitutional Court, and to the general prosecutor.

The changes, which the government wants to make effective as of November this year, will require a constitutional law, which can only be passed by a three-fifths majority of 90 out of the total 150 MPs. The ruling coalition, which currently controls 79 parliamentary seats, will therefore have to rely on opposition MPs to support the move.

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová said she believes she will persuade the opposition to support the draft law and is intending to meet the heads of the two opposition groups, Smer and the Slovak National Party (SNS), for talks on the matter, the TASR newswire reported.

However, the opposition has shown little enthusiasm for the proposed changes.

“Nobody ever discussed that topic with Smer,” said Silvia Glendová, spokesperson for the largest opposition party. “On top of that, how should we perceive this initiative when the speaker of parliament is telling the media that the opposition leader [i.e. Smer leader Robert Fico] belongs in prison?”

SNS deputy chairman Rudolf Pučík said his party would not support the initiative and called it “populism” and “theatre produced for the public”.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

Dolný Kubín

News digest: Who will take the swabs?

The government offers hundreds of euros to health care staff for testing. Curfew ends on Saturday for some. Take a look at testing sites and more.

PM Igor Matovič helped with testing in Tvrdošín.