Slovak flag lifted up at the flagpole in front of the parliament

Slovakia marked Constitution Day on September 1.

(Source: TASR)

The Slovak flag has already been flying from the pole situated in front of the parliament. It was raised on the occasion of Constitution Day, which falls on September 1 in Slovakia.

On the very same day, the parliament usually opens its doors to the public, and this year was no exception.

“I’m convinced that this open doors day has a meaning since it offers the public the chance to see people they usually see on television and observe them working,” said Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Apart from touring the parliament and meeting politicians, there was an accompanying programme held in both the parliament and on the premises of nearby Bratislava Castle.

Čaputová: We’re a functional democracy

Slovakia is a functional democracy with a functional Constitution. However, it still has many problems and deficits that create the possibilities of making the country better, said President Zuzana Čaputová on the talk show O 5 Minút 12 (Five to Twelve) broadcast by the public-service RTVS.

Although the country follows the principles of rule of law and the fundamental institutions are working, there are often problems with law enforcement and the failures of individuals.

Slovakia is also failing to fight corruption and the failures of those in power as efficiently as it desires.

“I hope of a change for the better,” Čaputová said, as quoted by TASR.

She praised civic society in Slovakia, and called on people not to lose trust in the representatives of courts, the prosecutor’s office and police, since not all of them have failed.

Čaputová stressed that the Constitution should be more stable.

Pellegrini: Courts, not the street, should issue verdicts

PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) considers Slovakia a democratic state that follows rule of law principles. Justice should be the same for rich and influential people like for ordinary ones. Verdicts, however, should be issued by the courts and not the streets, he stressed on O 5 Minút 12.

He will not let Slovakia be depicted as a country where nothing is working. If individuals have failed, it is necessary to identify them, prove their guilt and punish them, he stressed.

The only recipe to overcome hard times after the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová is to observe the laws and the Constitution, and let the police and prosecutors investigate. He also stressed the necessity of judiciary independence.

He admitted that some processes were not perfect, but the revelations made after the murders may help improve mechanisms and prevent the repetition of the failures.

“I welcome the initiatives that call for a reform of the judiciary and the work of prosecutor’s office,” Pellegrini said, as quoted by TASR.

The prime minister opines that the Constitution will be amended in the future, but also said that not all problems should be solved by amending it. We should instead try to seek the explanations offered by some basic paragraphs that are already part of the Constitution, he added.

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