Pensioners and people in need will not be required to pay licencing fees to the public-service broadcaster after the parliament passed an amendment to the law on licencing fees.Related articleRead more
“Due to possible negative social consequences, we believe it is inappropriate if they have to pay the licencing fee, cut by half today,” MPs of the junior coalition Slovak National Party (SNS) who proposed the change argued in their proposal, as quoted by the TASR newswire. SNS MPs reasoned that pensioners are often at risk of poverty.
Before the change, pensioners were paying a half of the regular licence fee, which amounts to €4.64 per each household in Slovakia. Only the disabled, schools, and hospitals have been freed from paying the fee to the public service media from the start.
A total of 109 MPs voted for the amendment. The change comes into force on 1 January 2020.
SNS has long been saying the Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS) can run without licence fees.Related articleRead more
RTVS to lose millions
Opposition MP Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) said the cancellation of licence fees for pensioners will cost the state budget €8 million, the SITA newswire reported.
On the other hand, RTVS said the hole to be filled may be as high as €18 million, TASR wrote.
“We expect the hole in our budget will be fully covered from the state budget in a way that will not reduce the independence of the public broadcaster,” RTVS general director Jaroslav Rezník said, as quoted by TASR.
At the same time, he welcomed the change, calling it a “natural civilised step” ahead.
18. Sep 2019 at 21:26 | Compiled by Spectator staff