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IVO spars with Constitutional Court president over its Democracy Barometer

The president of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Grigorij Mesežnikov, stands by the results it published from its Barometer project about the quality of democracy in Slovakia in the first half of this year, specifically regarding the activities of the country’s Constitutional Court which were challenged by the court’s president, Ivetta Macejková, the SITA newswire reported.

The president of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Grigorij Mesežnikov, stands by the results it published from its Barometer project about the quality of democracy in Slovakia in the first half of this year, specifically regarding the activities of the country’s Constitutional Court which were challenged by the court’s president, Ivetta Macejková, the SITA newswire reported.

Macejková stated that the IVO survey was not objective.

"It is not clear what information the authors based their conclusions on; nor is it obvious what aims are pursued in the survey with which I do not identify with myself because of its bias," the court’s president wrote on the court's website. Macejková also sent her objections directly to the IVO president, according to the website.

The point that has spurred this exchange of opinions is IVO’s conclusion that in the selection of the general prosecutor, the Constitutional Court became a participant in a confrontation between state institutions in which the cabinet and parliament were on one side and the constitutional court and the general prosecutor's office were on the other side. IVO had written that the court and the prosecutor’s office had shown an affinity for certain political powers.

Macejková argued that the court is independent and anchored in the constitution, quoting from passages from information presented by the media from the IVO news conference, in which Mesežnikov evaluated the level of democracy in Slovakia as well as areas of the judiciary.

In his reply to Macejková, Mesežnikov wrote that the arguments she used in her statement prove that she has little information on the content or methodology of the IVO project but is attacking the think-tank based on reports about the IVO news conference.

"All statements published at IVO news conferences are fact-based and explained in an analytical report published in full on the IVO website," he told SITA.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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