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Law to freeze MPs’ and ministers' salaries to hit fast-tracked procedures

Slovakia’s Speaker of Parliament, Pavol Hrušovský, will propose freezing the salaries of lawmakers and members of the government at current levels in 2012 based on a draft bill that will be taken up by parliament in fast-tracked procedures, Hrušovský and Prime Minister Iveta Radičová reported after their meeting on November 14, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovakia’s Speaker of Parliament, Pavol Hrušovský, will propose freezing the salaries of lawmakers and members of the government at current levels in 2012 based on a draft bill that will be taken up by parliament in fast-tracked procedures, Hrušovský and Prime Minister Iveta Radičová reported after their meeting on November 14, the SITA newswire reported.

Passage of the bill would mean that salaries of MPs and other salaries derived from them will stay the same in 2012 with the only exception being salaries of judges as any change in those salaries was already halted once by an injunction from the Constitutional Court.

"We'd like to prevent the Constitutional Court from abolishing a freeze on
our salaries because of its unconstitutionality," said Hrušovský. Radičová also said that if it were up to the government, the measure would be even harsher, yet she has to accept a decision that will have a chance of passing in parliament.

Hrušovský and Radičová agreed to use a fast-tracked procedure for this bill as the Slovak parliament is only holding one more session this year, making it impossible to adopt any bills for next year in a standard way.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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