BRATISLAVA, July 14 (Xinhuanet) -- The Slovak
Constitutional Court Thursday suspended the ratification of the European
Constitution, which Slovak parliament approved two months ago, court chairman
Jan Mazak said.
The court accepted for further proceedings a complaint filed by citizens, saying that the constitutional
treaty should have been ratified in a referendum.
The court postponed the validity of the parliamentary
decisionuntil it issues the final verdict. The court at the same time issued an
injunction, which hinders President Ivan Gasparovic to ratify the document.
Mazak admitted that the court could make a decision
in 2005, but he at the same time stressed that the proceedings would be
"This is a great challenge for the Constitutional
Court. It isan important case...and the court regards it as its duty to explain
some issues and make them clear once and for all."
The Constitutional Court is now to decide whether
ratificationby parliament is sufficient, or whether a new constitutional bill
must be passed on Slovakia's entry into another state entity, on which citizens
must decide in a referendum.
A group of people around the Conservative Institute
in Bratislava has filed a complaint with the Constitutional Court. They object
that their constitutional right to take part in the administration of public
affairs has been violated as they had no chance to decide in a referendum on
Slovakia's joining an alliancewith other countries.
The Slovak parliament approved the European
constitutional treaty by a crushing majority of votes on May 11, 2005.
Slovak President Gasparovic raised some objections to
the EU constitution, however he claimed that he would not block its
According to earlier results of the EU statistical
agency Eurobarometer, 61 percent of Slovaks support the EU constitution, while
11 percent reject it and 28 percent are undecided. Enditem