NEWS IN SHORT

Citizenship law’s fate still uncertain

THE GOVERNMENT has agreed a draft revision of the Citizenship Act, which was amended shortly before last year’s parliamentary elections by the then-government of Robert Fico. The law currently allows citizens who acquire the citizenship of another state (apart from by birth or marriage) to be stripped of their Slovak citizenship; the amendment would remove this provision.

THE GOVERNMENT has agreed a draft revision of the Citizenship Act, which was amended shortly before last year’s parliamentary elections by the then-government of Robert Fico. The law currently allows citizens who acquire the citizenship of another state (apart from by birth or marriage) to be stripped of their Slovak citizenship; the amendment would remove this provision.

At the same time, however, the cabinet approved a proposal by the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) to ban dual citizenship for police, army, intelligence services and security officers. Public officials who work with classified documents will also be banned from holding dual citizenship, the Sme daily reported.

MPs of the prevailingly ethnic-Hungarian Most-Híd party are expected to vote in favour of the draft, although many of them expressed reservations. Most-Híd MP Edita Pfundtner said the draft law would punish state employees, Sme wrote.

The coalition cannot be sure of getting all its MPs to vote for the law when it is presented to parliament, as four Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MPs grouped in the Ordinary People faction have said they will only support an amendment if it restricts dual citizenship to people who stay, study, are employed or conduct business in a foreign country for at least two years, or have close family ties to another country.

Since the exact wording of the draft revision has yet to be released, coalition deputies are still waiting to express their opinions, the SITA newswire reported.


Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Senate voted STU rector down. Police called to the uni as well

The session of the Academic Senate proposed that Rector Fikar be dismissed.

Miroslav Fikar

Dozens of people die of COVID every day. A drop not expected for at least two weeks

People who would otherwise survive may die of other serious diagnoses due to the epidemic.

Illustrative stock photo

Slovakia orders a curfew and embarks on its COVID experiment

High turnout in testing in four northern districts, decision awaited on extending the project to the nation. Prison for a prominent prosecutor and parliament's speaker injured.

Waiting for the results of COVID tests during the pilot phase of the nationwide testing in the town of Nižná in Orava, northern Slovakia.

Volunteering in developing countries is an adventure from beginning to end

Slovak Jozef Baňás spent 12 months volunteering in Georgia.

Jozef Baňás