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Stricter rules regarding property disclosures to be added by late August

IF POLITICIANS want to fulfil their promise of making property disclosures of public officials stricter before elections, they need to submit the respective constitutional amendment to parliament by August 28.

The main chamber of the Slovak Parliament. (Source: TASR)

This is the final deadline for proposals that are to be discussed in the September session, the TASR newswire reported.

Speaker of Parliament Peter Pellegrini confirmed that they have already held a meeting with parliament’s legislative department and also plan to meet with the opposition.

“We want to submit the amendment on Friday [August 28] at the latest and open the door to more transparent and stricter property disclosures,” Pellegrini added, as quoted by TASR.

Under the current rules, public officials need to disclose their total incomes from public functions received during the previous year, as well as other incomes. They must also state if they own any property, but without being specific. They only need to disclose whether they own a car or any land.

The preliminary draft amendment to the constitutional law on protecting the public interest stipulates that the public officials should disclose gifts received worth more than €4,000, while adding their description and the name and the address of the donor. They should also disclose whether they are using someone else’s property if the value of the use exceeds €4,000 a year, TASR wrote.

The property disclosures should also contain information about the public officials owning the property, including flats or non-residential areas worth more than €10,000. The current limit is set to more than €13,000, according to TASR.

As much as 95 percent of the current version of the amendment was created by the working group whose part is also the opposition, Pellegrini said.

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