Most-Híd party will support only some of the proposals drafted by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) contained in an amendment to the State Citizenship Act that is expected to be considered in parliament in February, Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár told the TASR newswire on Wednesday, January 5.
Bugár said Most-Híd will vote in favour of preventing people with dual citizenship from holding posts that provide access to confidential information. The proposal to exclude those with dual citizenship from the police or army, however, does not sit well with Most-Hid.
"I consider this to be discrimination that we can't vote for," said Bugár. He also said it is misleading to view an application for state citizenship in another country as a display of disloyalty to Slovakia.
According to KDH's proposal, only people with sole Slovak citizenship should be eligible for state service, specifically in the police force, the Slovak Intelligence Service (SIS), the Justice and Prison Guard Department (ZVJS), the Railway Police (ŽP) and the National Security Authority (NBÚ). KDH has said that these jobs involve an oath of loyalty to the Slovak Republic.
"When receiving state citizenship of a foreign state, such as Hungary, for example, applicants are committing themselves to protecting and being loyal to that foreign state. This means that acquiring citizenship of a foreign state might undermine loyalty to the Slovak Republic," said KDH MPs.
The KDK amendment to the State Citizenship Act is designed by the governing coalition to eliminate the action of automatically depriving those who acquire citizenship of another country of their Slovak citizenship, a measure that was introduced by the former government in reaction to Hungary's dual citizenship legislation.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Jan 2011 at 10:00