Fines related to the State Language Act that were introduced by the previous government will most likely remain in place, albeit with reduced scope, Prime Minister Iveta Radičová (Slovak Democratic and Christian Union/SDKÚ) told journalists on Wednesday, referring to the outcome of a Coalition Council session on Tuesday, September 21.
“There’s agreement that for public information, information pertaining to citizens’ basic needs, or such needs that may represent risk to life, violations of the law would require sanctions,” said Radičová. Other details of the act, such as the obligation to publish commercial leaflets in the state language, have been postponed until later talks, the prime minister indicated. “Representatives of the [governing] parties [SDKÚ, Freedom and Solidarity/SaS, the Christian Democratic Movement/KDH and Most-Híd] have one week to agree on these things,” Radičová told the TASR newswire. Originally, the government was due to have discussed the State Language Act at its session on Wednesday, but the issue was dropped before the session took place.
Radičová also confirmed that the coalition has decided to scrap the current version of the Dual Citizenship Act that was introduced in the spring by Robert Fico’s government. It was designed in response to Hungarian legislation that allows ethnic Hungarians living abroad to obtain Hungarian citizenship more easily. According to the Slovak Dual Citizenship Act, a Slovak citizen who asks for citizenship of another country must forfeit their Slovak citizenship. And if they do not admit to applying for non-Slovak citizenship, they may face a fine.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Sep 2010 at 14:00