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Czech republic  |  November 22, 2012 14:14:12

President Klaus had the law on religious restitution without signature


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - President Vaclav Klaus law on property negotiate with churches and religious communities to sign, but he will not veto, said on Thursday on its website. Draft will apply.

"This decision is an expression of my revulsion from the processing of this Act, which was prepared and adopted by today's government and ruling coalition and which he repeatedly decided Deputies after the Senate overrode the veto," Klaus wrote in a letter to the Chair of Deputies Miroslava Nemcova (ODS).

He believes that the law in the form in which it was adopted, raises unequal conditions in the state's approach to the issue of restitution and redress past between churches and religious communities and all other stakeholders. Artwork by Klaus Church against the others and at the expense of other favors.

"It creates a real potential risk of a serious breach of our existing restitution legislation and the emergence of new demands and requirements to the state of the entities, which under this Act may feel discriminated against," said Klaus.

Over the decision reached by the President on the political scene there is no consensus in society, though its fulfillment will oblige other governments. "I know that the stability and even the continuation of the government's standard but crucial. Because I do not want to return to this Act Deputies exacerbate relations in the political arena and government to undergo further tests," said Klaus. At the same time but not his signature, identify the decision reached.

The bill on property settlement with churches and religious organizations, the Chamber of Deputies 8th November, when 102 voices coalition MPs overrode the Senate. Property law to remedy wrongs and religious societies to restore property confiscated after 1948.

The draft policy also gives the number of Czechs great emotion. While the government coalition norm considered as one of the basic objectives of the legislature, the opposition criticized the proposal for a long-term and tried to prevent its adoption.

The standard is based on an agreement with the Government of Churches, an increase in the total amount of in-kind restitution of the original 51 billion crowns to 75 billion crowns. With this increase, however, reduces the total financial compensation of 83 billion to 59 billion.

The primary objective property settlement is to allow churches and religious communities that are economically independent of the state. The main part of the returned property is in farm property. Restitution will cost to churches to pay for 30 years. During the first 17 years of the entry into force of the Act on the property settlement, however, will continue to contribute to the state churches of their operations. The first three years of the contribution will be the same as at present, the next 14 years will be reduced annually by five percent.

Zuzana Fojčíková, fojcikova@mediafax.cz

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