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Another chaotic vote in parliament – bill presented by wrong substitute

Parliament on Thursday, March 31, saw another confusing moment, this time during a debate on an amendment to the Act on Electronic Communications which will introduce charges for licence extensions granted to mobile-phone operators.

Parliament on Thursday, March 31, saw another confusing moment, this time during a debate on an amendment to the Act on Electronic Communications which will introduce charges for licence extensions granted to mobile-phone operators.

Health Minister Ivan Uhliarik (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) introduced the bill, instead of Transport Minister Ján Figeľ (also KDH). In view of the fact that Uhliarik is not entitled to substitute for Figeľ when it comes to presenting laws in parliament, lawmakers had to avoid voting on the bill, which is being dealt with in a fast-tracked procedure and which is now stuck at its second reading. MPs are expected to revisit the legislation only on Tuesday, April 5. Under the proposed law, mobile-phone operators should pay for licence extensions allowing them to use certain frequencies. Frequency licences for the two largest mobile-phone operators in Slovakia, Orange and T-Mobile, are due to expire in August.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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