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Czech republic  |  November 22, 2012 14:11:09

CSSD is the President's position on church restitutions disappointed preparing a constitutional complaint


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - President Vaclav Klaus signed the law or vetoing a property settlement with churches, so he begins to pay. Social Democrats are disappointed with his attitude, complain to the Constitutional Court said on Thursday CSSD chairman Bohuslav Sobotka on their Facebook profile.

"The position of the president who, while vetoing the law or not signed, the Social Democrats disappointed. Though the president to act again voiced its objections, did not avail to him stood the Constitution clearly dismissive manner," said Sobotka. Social democracy will want the Constitutional Court to examine how the adoption procedure law, as well as its contents. "If we succeed in the next parliamentary elections and get government responsibility, we aim to reduce exorbitant financial compensation to churches, which implements the Act in the amount of 59 billion crowns," said the voter.CSSD previously Klaus invited to veto the law.

"We are working hard on the constitutional complaint, which will have several circles. First circuit will involve voting procedures, the second and more important thing we want to challenge is the issue of equality restitution after 1989. Question is what we want, as well as the amount of compensation in the order of tens of billions of crowns, this amount should be reduced times, "explained previously Chief Whip CSSD Jerome Tejc.

He also added that the party may lodge a constitutional complaint only when the law declares. CSSD counts with the turn of the year and will be at the Constitutional Court try to enforce priority treatment of their complaint in order to avoid possible damage from restitution.

President Klaus signed the law, he wants to distance himself from him. He is convinced that in the original 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.

The law, according to the government to correct wrongs and church property companies to restore property confiscated after 1948. 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.

Jan Drahorád, Filip Nachtmann, drahorad@mediafax.cz

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