Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

MPs propose new amendment to Slovakia’s Citizenship Act

Slovak citizens acquiring the citizenship of another country will not lose their Slovak citizenship as of January 2012 if they have a residence permit in the country where they are applying for citizenship, according to an amendment to the State Citizenship Act proposed by MP Pavol Hrušovský of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and MP Jozef Mikuš from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the TASR newswire reported. The amendment, which will be debated in parliament in October, is aimed at eliminating what have been called negative consequences of the law on dual-citizenship adopted during the government of former prime minister Robert Fico and to restore Slovak citizenship to people who lost it as a result of the law.

Slovak citizens acquiring the citizenship of another country will not lose their Slovak citizenship as of January 2012 if they have a residence permit in the country where they are applying for citizenship, according to an amendment to the State Citizenship Act proposed by MP Pavol Hrušovský of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and MP Jozef Mikuš from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the TASR newswire reported.

The amendment, which will be debated in parliament in October, is aimed at eliminating what have been called negative consequences of the law on dual-citizenship adopted during the government of former prime minister Robert Fico and to restore Slovak citizenship to people who lost it as a result of the law.

Slovakia’s current State Citizenship Act, which Fico's government passed in response to Hungary's dual-citizenship law, states that Slovak citizens who apply for citizenship of another country automatically lose their Slovak citizenship. Hrušovský claimed that the proposed amendment has the support of three parties of the governing coalition but not from Most-Híd party.

"We'll never vote for an act that will make it possible for Slovak citizens to lose their citizenship against their will", Most-Híd's László Solymos told TASR, adding that it is not yet clear whether the four MPs from the Civil Conservative Party (OKS) who are part of Most-Híd's parliamentary caucus will vote for the amendment.

The amendment was initially planned to be advanced by the Interior Ministry but was submitted by the SDKÚ and KDH MPs because not all four coalition parties agreed on the draft.

Source: TASR

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

Top stories

It takes nuts to help Kenyans

Slovakia has provided more than €10 million to the Kenyan people since 2005.

Muruku slum in Naorobi

Lack of experts challenges ICT sector

To maintain the competitiveness, the Slovak government must support digitising the economy and take a positive stance towards the ICT sector, according to experts.

Illustrative stock photo

Our exit from the EU will not weaken our links

The UK has no intention of undermining the stability of the EU, nor do we want to become more distant to our European neighbours, including those here in Slovakia, the ambassador writes.

Flags displayed on a tourist stall, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower containing the bell know as Big Ben, in London.

Roma civil patrols will continue

The Interior Ministry allocated €10 million for the project.

Roma patrols in Veľká Lomnica.