The European Parliament has on its table a complaint by Hungarian citizens complain over what they deem a violation of their civil rights by the Slovak Republic, and they are demanding an investigation into the matter by the relevant EU institutions, the SITA newswire wrote on Moday, February 4.
In their petition to the European Parliament, Hungarian citizens Zoltán Lomnici, President of the Human Dignity Council, and László Gubi complain about Slovakia's Citizenship Act, which stipulates that a citizen who accepts the citizenship of another country ceases being a citizen of Slovakia. The extra-parliamentary party of the Hungarian Community (SMK) from Slovakia also expressed its support for the petition.
Slovak MP Jaroslav Paška of the Slovak National Party (SNS) responded to the Hungarian petition, by filing an official objection to the admissibility of hearing the petition in institutions of the European Parliament. "The petition filed by the former President of the Hungarian Supreme Court, Lomnici, does not meet the basic formal conditions of admissibility defined by the rules of procedure of the European Parliament," Paška told SITA. He maintains that EU ranks issues of citizenship among the exclusive competence of member states, so that states are free to decide who and under what conditions someone can become a citizen of their country, and they have no reason to coordinate their policies with EU authorities. Paška told the Chairperson of the European Parliament's Committee on Petitions, Erminia Mazzoni, and her secretariat that the European Parliament is not authorised to discuss the petition and asked them to reject a discussion on the complaint in the committee.
The current wording of Slovakia's law on citizenship, which allows the government to strip people of their Slovak citizenship, was adopted in 2010 by the government of Robert Fico in response to the Hungarian citizenship law, which allowed people of Hungarian descent living in countries along the Hungarian border to receive Hungarian citizenship if their ancestors lived in Hungary and can speak some Hungarian.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Feb 2013 at 10:00