Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Changes to Slovak-Hungarian border on Ipeľ river approved

The state border between Slovakia and Hungary will be changed; but rather than political reasons, technicalities have forced this decision.

The Ipeľ river, illustrative stock photo(Source: Petitpress - Tibor Somogyi )

At its September 21 session the Cabinet approved changes in the Slovak-Hungarian state border which are linked to new structures affecting the course of the Ipeľ river, the  TASR newswire wrote.

As the moving of a state border requires a special constitutional change, due process requires several steps which make it difficult and lengthy.  

Ministers adopted the proposal for a constitutional law, submitted by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák, which stems from a treaty signed in Amsterdam on January 25 concerning the state border between Slovakia and Hungary. This replaced the original, which dates back to 1956.    

The shift in the state border is connected with changes in the course of the Ipeľ in Nové Zamky, Levice (both in the Nitra Region) and Lučenec districts (Banská Bystrica Region). The main reason for the new agreement is the need to change the character of the border to a fixed one rather than one which follows watercourses and changes over time – i.e. independent from the natural changes of the river-beds, the SITA newswire wrote. 

The border will be shifted to a newly constructed basin in order to compensate for losses of state territory caused by the construction work itself.

 

Top stories

Slovakia responds cautiously to possible EC-Gazprom deal

EC says commitments by Gazprom would improve trade in Russian gas in Europe.

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference regarding Gazprom at EU headquarters in Brussels on March 13.

Verdict reached on attacker in the case of the neo-Nazi attack on the Mariatchi bar Video

This is the third sentence concerning the attacks in front of the bar, but the main trial still waits for expert opinion.

Foreigners: Events in Bratislava

Tips for performances and other events in the capital between March 24 and Apr 2, including concerts, ballet, dance, comedy show, meeting, courses, festivals, exhibitions and more.

Hostages to fortune

Britain will trigger Article 50 to leave the EU on 29 March. She and her EU partners could, and should, guarantee the rights of their citizens living abroad – including tens of thousands of Slovaks in the UK. That…

Theresa May announced Brexit will start on March 29.