Slovakian president refuses to sign law after overidden veto

President of Slovakia, Ivan Gasparovic, has refused to sign amendments to the Language Act into law after parliament had overruled his veto of the bill last week.

Gasparovic had criticised that the law does not foresee compulsory fines the ‘misuse’ of the Slovak language in public but lets the respective authorities decide whether to impose fines or not. Following the amendments, authorities can only fine if “lives, health, security or property of Slovak citizens is concerned, or in which information published by public administration authorities is not presented in Slovak” (The Slovak Spectator).

The president’s refusal to sign the bill does however not hinder its implementation – legal experts say that after the veto override the law will enter into force as planned irrespectively of the president’s signature.

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