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Parliament begins summer recess

The final session of the Slovak Parliament before the summer recess ended on Wednesday, July 13, even though it was originally scheduled to finish on Friday, July 8. Several MPs have had to cancel holidays this week, as the debate on several measures took longer than expected. Meanwhile, despite the protests of the opposition, with one exception parliament debated only proposals submitted by the government while those drawn up by MPs were postponed to the session in September. The postponed motions include proposals to curb MPs' immunity from misdemeanours and to scrap the so-called Mečiar amnesties.

The final session of the Slovak Parliament before the summer recess ended on Wednesday, July 13, even though it was originally scheduled to finish on Friday, July 8. Several MPs have had to cancel holidays this week, as the debate on several measures took longer than expected. Meanwhile, despite the protests of the opposition, with one exception parliament debated only proposals submitted by the government while those drawn up by MPs were postponed to the session in September. The postponed motions include proposals to curb MPs' immunity from misdemeanours and to scrap the so-called Mečiar amnesties.

Independent MP Igor Matovič, leader of the Ordinary People faction, was unhappy with the change in the schedule, venting his frustration by reading out a report to an amendment to the Penal Code for minutes on end. When this led to grumbling from others in the chamber, he declared that MPs should not be working in parliament when they had paid for holidays.

Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík (SaS) bade farewell to all the lawmakers at the end of the session. "I wish everybody a nice holiday ... Don't get yourselves drowned. If you meet a shark, don't stretch out any limbs to him or he'll grab them immediately," he said, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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