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Constitutional Background

Slovakia concluded a Europe-Agreement with the EU. However, it did not yet ratify the minority protection treaty signed with Hungary in 1995 because the junior partner in government, the Slovak-Nationalist Party, is fiercely anti-Hungarian. Slovakia has a 570.000 strong (about 10%) minority of ethnic Hungarians.

History and News

  • 5 March 2001: Third Amendment signed by President, Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Council.
  • 23 Feb 2001: Third Amendment of the Slovak constituion is adopted by The National Council of the Slovak Republic (Slovak parliament), approving the constitutional change by 90 votes, i.e. 3/5 qualified majority.  The amendment has not yet been incorporated into the ICL edition.
  • 1 Sep 2000: Constitutional amendments expected for this historical date (cf. 1 Sep 1992).
  • Feb 1999: Second Amendment of the Slovak constituion becomes valid.  The amendment has not yet been incorporated into the ICL edition.
  • Aug 1998: First Amendment of the Slovak constituion becomes valid.  The amendment has not yet been incorporated into the ICL edition.
  • 19 Sep 1995: Governing Vladimir Meciar demands that President Michal Kovac abdicates on grounds of betraying the nation.
  • 23 June 1995, Brussels: Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar formally presented to the EU Slovakia's application for accession, preferably by the year 2000. 
  • 25 Nov 1992: By law of the federal parliament, the state of Czechoslovakia dissolves into the Czech Republik and Slovakia.
  • 1 Sep 1992: New Constitution adopted.
  • 1918: In the "Martin Declaration", Slovaks urged union with Czechs in a new state of Czechoslovakia.
  • 1861: "Memorandum for the Slovak Nation" is proclaimed.

For methodology see: Comparing Constitutions and International Constitutional Law.
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