Language act causing disputes within coalition

Although the planned revision to the Language Act has not even undergone inter-departmental review yet, it is already causing waves within the coalition, announced culture minister Daniel Krajcer (SaS) yesterday, 9 September.

The disputed point of the act is whether the fines for violating the law should be retained or omitted from the bill. The strongly Hungarian party Most-Hid, for instance, wants the fines to be completely removed.

Their coalition partner, the Christian democrats KDH, allegedly want to retain the clause that  demands that civil servants have a proper command of the state language, while others are calling for it to be dropped.

Minister Krajcer informed that several more changes would be made to the law, and that he was ready to discuss the issue of fines. He hopes to have the completed draft bill ready for the October session of parliament.

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