Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Parliament stumbles over rules

MPs met at a political gremium session on August 31 to discuss his proposal, but parted in discord.

Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko(Source: SITA)

Parliament Speaker Andrej Danko is trying to reduce MPs’ rights, according to opposition lawmakers responding to proposed changes in the parliamentary rules of procedure. Danko dismissed their concerns by saying that Slovakia is coping with “adolescent illnesses” of democracy that make the changes necessary.

Danko first floated plans to change parliamentary rules a few months ago following a failed no-confidence vote in the interior minister. MPs met at a political gremium session on August 31 to discuss his proposal, but parted in discord.

“As speaker of parliament I have exhausted all possibilities,” Danko said, as quoted by the Sme daily.

The opposition considers the proposed changes undemocratic, particularly the lack of proportionality in the speaking times allowed to cabinet members and to MPs. While MPs would only be able to speak for 20 to 30 minutes, there would be no limits for cabinet ministers.

Under the new rules, banners and leaflets would be banned from parliament. MPs would also be prevented from bringing their phones into the chamber and they would not be allowed to take pictures or videos.

Following the August 31 meeting, Danko also clashed with deputy speaker Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, who accused him of intimidating her by requesting a written statement on how she was planning to combine her work with the care of her child. Danko rejected her accusations and insisted his inquiry had been polite.

Top stories

Armed forces need new armour, and more

Slovakia's armed forces need to modernise their military technology, but also improve infrastructure and make soldiers' salaries more competitive.

Illustrative stock photo

EC scrutinises state aid for Jaguar Photo

There is a question whether the scrutiny may impact the carmaker’s plans to invest in Slovakia.

The construction site of a brand new plant of Jaguar Land Rover near Nitra.

Police president refuses the proposals of students

He turned down their suggestions for a public debate but invites them to talk about corruption at the Police Corps Presidium.

Police President Tibor Gašpar

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.