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Holding public officials accountable

THE RULING coalition has agreed that it will draft a law that would put the personal assets of public officials at risk if they violate the law but it is not yet clear what the specifics of the law will look like. Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská was tasked with drafting the proposal, the Sme daily reported.

THE RULING coalition has agreed that it will draft a law that would put the personal assets of public officials at risk if they violate the law but it is not yet clear what the specifics of the law will look like. Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská was tasked with drafting the proposal, the Sme daily reported.

Prime Minister Iveta Radičová announced after a session of the four-party Coalition Council on March 7 that the law would become part of the Penal Code.

The proposal is expected to be ready in coming days but the Justice Ministry refused to release any details of the forthcoming proposal to Sme.

Sme reported that the ministry did not answer its question of whether public officials would be penalised only after being found guilty of a specific criminal act.

The coalition parties may not have an internal consensus about how to proceed. The Christian Democratic Movement’s legal expert, MP Radoslav Procházka, told Sme that Žitňanská’s amendment will not solve the problem in a comprehensive manner.

“A comprehensive solution requires an amendment of the law on the responsibility for damage and I will insist on that,” Procházka said, as quoted by Sme.

The government had declared its intention to introduce legislation dealing with the responsibility of public officials in its programme statement, which called for the new government to evaluate the possibility of passing such a measure.


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