Controversial Judicial Reform Approved by Slovak Parliament

Robert Fico’s controversial judicial reform has been approved by the Slovakian parliament. The law, which includes reducing penalties for corruption and economic crime as well as limiting protection for whistleblowers, was passed with a majority of 78 government members voting in favor. The opposition boycotted the vote. This move has sparked criticism from various sources, including the EU Commission which threatened Slovakia with the blockage of financial resources.

President Zuzana Caputova has condemned the adoption of the law, describing it as “bad news” and “unacceptable.” She criticized the rushed process through parliament and announced that she would consider “all possible options” to stop it, although her veto could be overruled by a simple majority vote.

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EUSA) in Luxembourg has also labeled Fico’s reform plans as “a serious risk of violating the rule of law.” In mid-January, the European Parliament also condemned these plans in a resolution. Tens of thousands of participants have demonstrated in Slovakia against the proposed law, highlighting their concerns about its impact on democracy and justice in their country.

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