A RULING coalition working group failed to reach agreement on issues surrounding dual citizenship at a meeting on February 28, and an amendment to the Citizenship Act is therefore unlikely to be submitted to parliament during its March session.
The members of the commission agreed that no proposal would be put forward without an agreement by all participating parties, the TASR newswire reported.
Independent MP Igor Matovič said he was glad to see that opinions voiced by some members of the coalition’s four parties accorded with his own, TASR wrote. On February 10, Matovič voted with the opposition on the issue and as a result was expelled from the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) caucus. He believes dual citizenship should be possible only for those with a real link to another country, such as permanent residence or close family relations, saying that those who do not meet any of these conditions should automatically lose their Slovak citizenship by accepting a foreign one.
Most-Híd, another coalition party, disagrees; its representatives say the state should not punish its own citizens in this way. Despite the impasse, Most-Híd said it will not obstruct parliamentary business over the issue as it did in February, TASR wrote.
7. Mar 2011 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff