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Minority language legislation proposed

THE MOST-HÍD party has introduced an amendment which would broaden the right of a citizen to use a minority language in official dealings in municipalities.

THE MOST-HÍD party has introduced an amendment which would broaden the right of a citizen to use a minority language in official dealings in municipalities.

Currently bilingual signage is required in municipalities where the minority population exceeds 20 percent but Most-Híd’s proposal would require use of a minority language in an official context in municipalities where the minority population is 10 percent or more.

Slovakia’s Deputy Prime Minister for Human Rights and Minorities, Rudolf Chmel (Most-Híd), said that the amendment would mostly affect municipalities with German, Roma, Ruthenian and Ukrainian minorities and would affect only a small number of municipalities with a Hungarian minority.

The proposed amendment, which would come into effect on July 1, 2011, does not have much chance of being passed by parliament because one of the coalition partners, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), has said it opposes it.

The government programme statement, however, calls for such a change to be made. Chmel said that Most-Híd will seek to lead a dialogue with its coalition partners without prejudices and passions .


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