Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

SDKÚ to support constitutional changes

THE SLOVAK Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) will probably support the changes to the judiciary which are part of the constitutional amendment authored by Smer and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). The party says it does not mind the controversial security clearances of judges, but asks for implementing its own proposals too, the Sme daily reported in its May 30 issue.

THE SLOVAK Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) will probably support the changes to the judiciary which are part of the constitutional amendment authored by Smer and the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH). The party says it does not mind the controversial security clearances of judges, but asks for implementing its own proposals too, the Sme daily reported in its May 30 issue.

Other opposition parties, however, criticise the changes, pointing mostly to the way it was prepared.

SDKÚ MP Ľudovít Kaník has already prepared his own proposal that should specify the subject of the clearances. This includes the relations with people connected to the organised crime, inappropriate property conditions and suspicions of corruption.

“We agreed with the KDH that such change is good,” Kaník said, as quoted by Sme, adding that also negotiations with Smer are on track.

The SDKÚ also suggests that not the Judicial Council, but the president, should decide over the results of the clearances.

Independent MP Radoslav Procházka, however, disagrees with the whole concept of clearances. According to him, current proposal creates room for the “clan wars” and “wilfulness of those who have the fewest scruples”, as reported by Sme.

Daniel Lipšic of NOVA considers the clearances system “misusable, absurd and non-transparent”. He also criticised the way how Smer and KDH agreed on changes: without experts, Sme wrote.

Also Most-Híd and Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) parties say they will not support the amendment.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký

What kind of expectations do some Slovaks have for world leaders?

Among EU member states, opinions of the United States declined in all but two — Poland (which makes some sense) and Slovakia (which does not).

Donald Trump

Crates and boxes. Slovaks discover new ways of grocery shopping

Farmer’s boxes are gaining customers in Slovakia as people slowly become more conscious about quality and the origin of the food they eat.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4