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Coalition Council: SaS MP Krnáč to become new NBÚ director, Citizenship Act to be amended

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Kamil Krnáč should become the new director of Slovakia’s main security vetting agency, the National Security Office (NBÚ), the four governing parties – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), SaS, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd – agreed at a Coalition Council session on Tuesday, August 23. KDH leader Ján Figeľ announced the decision after the session.

Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MP Kamil Krnáč should become the new director of Slovakia’s main security vetting agency, the National Security Office (NBÚ), the four governing parties – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), SaS, the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd – agreed at a Coalition Council session on Tuesday, August 23. KDH leader Ján Figeľ announced the decision after the session.

Krnáč, who has already received the security clearance necessary to take up the post, must now be approved by parliament. Providing MP’s back his appointment, Krnáč will vacate his MP’s seat when he takes up his new job. The MP is SaS’ fourth candidate for the post, after its coalition partners rejected Ján Stano (for being employed at the Slovak Intelligence Service under former prime minister Vladimír Mečiar in the 1990s), Peter Paluďa (who was rejected by the SDKÚ for various reasons) and Juraj Kliment (who was involved as a judge in the controversial Ľudmila Cervanová case, and was therefore rejected by Most-Híd's OKS faction).

The State Citizenship Act, which was adopted by parliament under the previous government last year and which bars Slovaks citizens from seeking the citizenship of other countries, will be amended, Figeľ said, as reported by the TASR newswire. The proposed new law will allow Slovaks to hold several citizenships simultaneously, in line with international standards, for reasons such as a long-term stay in a country or to reflect family relationships. Of the coalition parties, the current law has come in for most criticism from Most-Híd, with its chairman Béla Bugár recently indicating that he would lodge a complaint against it with the Constitutional Court.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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