Another Smer-KDH-authored constitutional amendment in sight

AFTER introducing changes to the judiciary and a definition of marriage, the ruling Smer party and opposition Christian Democrats (KDH) may join forces in pushing for more constitutional amendments that require votes from at least 90 MPs.

AFTER introducing changes to the judiciary and a definition of marriage, the ruling Smer party and opposition Christian Democrats (KDH) may join forces in pushing for more constitutional amendments that require votes from at least 90 MPs.

While Smer has come up with a plan to ban water exports from Slovakia, the KDH is promoting a proposal whereby officials such as MPs or MEPs would be banned from simultaneously holding the posts of mayors or regional governors, the TASR newswire reported.

“They’re two completely different proposals,” Smer parliamentary caucus head Jana Laššáková said, as quoted by TASR. “There is indeed scope for negotiations ... We’ll hold talks with political parties to secure the greatest support possible.”

Laššáková however admitted she believes the KDH’s proposal interferes with the right to be elected.

“But it’s too early to comment on this,” she said, as quoted by TASR. Smer itself has several MPs who hold several elected positions.

Both Laššáková and KDH caucus head Pavol Zajac confirmed that no talks on the issue have been held between the two parties to date, TASR reported.

News about the possible cooperation of the two caucuses came only one day after KDH chairman Ján Figeľ said that his party wants to continue being a constructive and consistent form of opposition to Smer.

Meanwhile, Smer is seeking to have a constitutional amendment passed whereby the transportation and transit of water gained from sources of ground water, natural healing waters, mineral water, geothermal waters, water courses and surface water across Slovakia’s borders would be prohibited. If approved by parliament, the ban will apply to transport in pipelines and water tanks alike. Those who export bottled water processed in Slovakia, be it mineral or table water, will continue to be allowed to do so.

“Obviously we can’t jeopardise jobs,” said Smer chairman and Prime Minister Robert Fico earlier this week. An exemption is also set to apply in the case of humanitarian crises.

Smer has 83 MPs, while the votes of 90 MPs are needed to pass a constitutional amendment.

Source: TASR

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

Top stories

“My Sunny Maad”, a Czech-French-Slovak animated drama about a Czech woman married to an Afghan who decide to live in post-Taliban Afghanistan, is now screened in Slovak cinemas.

Weekend: German adventurer is walking to Iran, with his stubborn donkey

Jazz music is taking over Bratislava this weekend.


22. okt
Opening of the time capsule of Michael's Tower.

Time capsule stored in Bratislava's St Michael statue 176 years ago reveals its secrets

The public can see the items found in the box in the Bratislava City Museum at the Old Town Hall this weekend.


22. okt
About 100 to 110 Tatra chamois live in the NAPANT national park, central Slovakia, but only two are white.

New Low Tatras attraction fascinates and worries hikers

Two white chamois have been observed in the national park, but their colour exposes them to danger.


21. okt

News digest: Slovakia marks anniversary of one of its biggest accidents in water transport

People are obliged to show Covid passes, the Bratislava's Old Town promotes its most beautiful trees and construction of the traditional ice house in the High Tatras has started.


23 h
Skryť Close ad