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Part of the recently adopted amendment to the law on protecting, supporting and developing public health, which was to eliminate inconsistencies related to the measures adopted by the Public Health Authority (ÚVZ) in the fight against the novel coronavirus, was also the proposal to cancel the right of people to claim compensation for damages and lost profit due to the pandemic.
Although President Zuzana Čaputová signed the amendment as a whole, since the provisions clarify the position of the ÚVZ and she did not want to suspend its efficiency, she is ready to challenge the latter change at the Constitutional Court.
The Constitution ensures that everyone has the right to claim compensation for damage caused by unlawful decisions or incorrect procedures of the state bodies, the president said.
“It is possible to adjust the limits of law enforcement, but it is not possible to take it away by another law or exclude it completely,” she said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “In practice, it would mean that the state is not responsible for damages caused by the potentially unlawful enforcement of this amendment.”
Read more about the coronavirus outbreak in Slovakia:
- Do I have the coronavirus? How to proceed if you have a suspicion
- Coronavirus in Slovakia: statistics
- How to travel to and from Slovakia during COVID-19
- The list of low-risk countries and risky regions
- More information about what the coronavirus is and how to protect yourself from the infection (WHO)
- Q&A: State of emergency declared about coronavirus
15. Oct 2020 at 11:32 | Compiled by Spectator staff