Ministry to begin reinstating citizenship

THE INTERIOR Ministry will start returning citizenship to people who lost it after receiving the citizenship of a different country as of February 1, the TASR newswire reported.

THE INTERIOR Ministry will start returning citizenship to people who lost it after receiving the citizenship of a different country as of February 1, the TASR newswire reported.

More than 900 people have been deprived of their Slovak citizenship since the amendment to the State Citizenship Act became effective in the summer of 2010. It was adopted in response to the Hungarian Dual Citizenship Act, which cleared the path for ethnic Hungarians living abroad to gain Hungarian citizenship.

The ministry does not know to how many people it will return citizenship. Those willing to get it back will have to approach the Interior Ministry with their request for Slovak citizenship and the ministry will assess it. One of the conditions for approving the request will be the existence of permitted, recorded and registered residency in the country whose citizenship the applicants were granted, the press department of the Interior Ministry told TASR.

Since the adoption of the Slovak amendment to the State Citizenship Act, there have been several attempts to moderate the effects of the law, but none were successful. The Constitutional Court meanwhile scrutinised the revision, but it could not say whether it is unconstitutional or not, TASR wrote.

The Interior Ministry currently prepares the changes to the law, based on which people asking for the citizenship of a different country will not lose the Slovak one if they have a permanent residency there.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: High-profile arrests and discussion on reopening schools continues

PM Matovič proposes pilot testing for schools. Slovakia will have the very first Slovak ambassador to the EU.

PM Igor Matovič has stepped into the debate about opening the schools for older children.

Another former police president reportedly charged in a corruption case

NAKA charged eight former high-ranking police, SIS and Financial Administration officials.

Milan Lučanský

Matovič could have made comments about the US rather than Mongolia

I am proud of what has been achieved in Slovakia, says Billy Altansukh.

Older children will not return to schools before Christmas

PM Igor Matovič still wants some pupils to return, he proposed a pilot testing plan.

The school in Trebišov.