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EP deals with pensioner who lost Slovak citizenship

The State Citizenship Act has deprived more than 1,390 people of their Slovak passports.

(Source: Sme Archive)

The European Parliament will deal with the case of 104 year old Ilona Tamásová who lost her Slovak citizenship due to the State Citizenship Act. The European Parliament accepted a petition regarding the case and launched an investigation.

“The petition committee decided to ask the European Commission for prior checking and will call on Slovak authorities to adopt a standpoint towards the case,” said Zoltán Lomnici, president of the The Human Dignity Council (EMT), the NGO helping Hungarians in Slovakia, as quoted by TASR.

EMT approached the EP in 2015 claiming that Tamásová asked the NGO for help six years earlier. With her loss of Slovak citizenship, she also lost notice about her permanent residence in Slovakia, her voting right and the validity of her ID.  

Read also:State Citizenship Act deprived 1,396 Slovaks of passports

The State Citizenship Act was adopted by the first government of Robert Fico (2006-2010) in response to Hungarian legislation that made it possible for ethnic Hungarians living outside of Hungary to gain dual citizenship.

The State Citizenship Act has been in effect since July 17, 2010 and as of June 15, 2016 it has deprived in total 1,396 people of their Slovak passports.

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