The Hungarian government has invited Slovakia’s ambassador to Hungary, Peter Weiss, for an official meeting in response to news that a Slovak businessman, Oliver Boldoghy, was stripped of his Slovak passport because he had been granted Hungarian citizenship, the SITA newswire reported on November 22.
According to an amendment to the State Citizenship Act passed by the government of Robert Fico in 2010, any person who seeks and receives the citizenship of another country can automatically lose their Slovak citizenship. The Hungarian authorities say they consider such a practice to be “unacceptable” and are prepared to help Boldoghy, who is from Komárno, if he asks them to do so.
Hungarian Foreign Minister János Martonyi expressed the hope that the action taken against Boldoghy was not part of the Slovak election campaign and that “it is only an extraordinary step and not a political provocation”, SITA wrote. Representatives of the Hungarian ministry added that stripping people of their citizenship is not in accordance with the fundamental values of the EU and is only intended to intimidate ethnic Hungarians living in Slovakia.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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23. Nov 2011 at 10:00